Constitution Day Lecture Features Congressman Shays

News Story: September 14, 2007

In celebration of Constitution Day at Sacred Heart University Congressman Christopher Shays will present a public lecture, The Polarization of Washington: Factionalism in American Politics.” The event will take place on Monday, September 17th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at SHU, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, Conn.

The one-hour lecture is offered to commemorate Constitution Day, a federally designated day of education about the U.S. Constitution.

In addition to the public lecture, SHU’s Ryan Matura Library will feature a Constitution Day Exhibit, prepared by Research Librarian Robert Berry. The stately display includes the full text of the constitution, portraits of the founding fathers, James Madison’s notes of the Federal Convention and the biographies of Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin. The exhibit will be on display through the end of September.

Congressman Shays’ address, “The Polarization of Washington: Factionalism in American Politics,” and the library exhibit are open to Sacred Heart University students, faculty, staff, and to the general public. Admission is free.

Congressman Shays (R-CT), who represents Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District, has been in public service for over three decades.

He is a senior member of the Government Reform Committee, Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on National Security and a member of the Homeland Security and Financial Services Committees.

First elected to public office in 1974 - the year of the Watergate scandal –Congressman Shays has been an outspoken advocate for good government practices. He has been a driving force behind such landmark legislation as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which transforms federal campaign finance law, and the Congressional Accountability Act, which requires Congress to live by the laws it writes.

A guest on national and local television and radio shows, Congressman Shays is an oft-quoted voice on the pressing issues of the day, including terrorism, Iraq, civil liberties, the economy, campaign finance reform and the budget.

He served seven terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives prior to his election to Congress. He earned his MBA and MPA from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Principia College.