Constitution Day Celebration: Constitution 3.0

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Constitution 3.0: Liberties & Technology

Please join us for our annual celebration of the United States Constitution and how it impacts our daily lives. This year, we will be exploring how the Constitution is keeping up with the digital era. Examining how social media, national security and data privacy influence our lives & laws, a panel of experts from across the University of Maryland will discuss several timely issues and take questions from the audience via Twitter.

Submit questions on Twitter using #ConstitutionDayUMD

Constitution Day 2013
September 17, 2013
4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Atrium at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland, College Park


The first 150 attendees will receive pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions, courtesy of the Heritage Foundation.


Our panelists represent a diverse cross-section of research interests and specialties, ranging from political science to criminology. Leading our discussion this year:

Elizabeth Petrun (Presenter & Panelist): Dr. Petrun is a post-doctoral researcher and project manager at UMD’s START Consortium. Petrun holds a Ph.D. in communication with a cognate in public health from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests encompass organizational, health, and risk and/or crisis communication.

Irwin Morris (Moderator/Panelist): Dr. Morris is chair of the Department of Government and Politics and director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship. Morris holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill, and came to Maryland from the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.Morris has been on the faculty at the University of Maryland since the fall of 1998. Morris' research focuses on the racial/ethnic and class/economic dynamics of American politics and public policymaking.

Robert Koulish (Panelist): Dr. Koulish is a political scientist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and since 2010 has taught at the University of Maryland. He is director of the Law and Society program, which includes a Scholars Program in Justice and Legal Thought and an interdisciplinary minor in Law and Society. Koulish is also a Research Associate Professor in Government and Politics as well as lecturer at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where he teaches immigration law. 

David Maimon (Panelist): David Maimon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Maimon received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University. Maimon’s research interests include theories of human behaviors, computer focused crimes and communities and crime. His current research focuses on computer hacking and system trespassing, computer networks vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, and the consequences of community social disorganization on behavioral and psychological outcomes (underage drinking, suicide and crime).

Diana Huffman (Panelist): Diana Huffman is the Baltimore Sun Distinguished Lecturer at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Huffman has served as managing editor of National Journal and as editor of Legal Times in Washington, D.C. She served as a senior aide in the U.S. Senate for 10 years, as staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee (1987-1991) and as legislative director for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) from 1992-1996. Huffman is a member of the Board of Directors of Justice at Stake in Washington, D.C., and lectures regularly about Congress at the Brookings Institution's Center for Public Policy Education.