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U.S. Constitution seminar offered Saturday

By From page A4 | March 04, 2014

An all-day seminar on the Constitution of the United States will take place Saturday in Davis. The program is provided by the National Center for Constitutional Studies and is called “The Making of America: The Founders’ Principles of Liberty and the Meaning of the Constitution.”

It is sponsored by The Avid Reader and We the People of Davis, a local group interested in promoting educational opportunities related to the Constitution. Those of high school age and older are welcome.

The seminar delves into the origins of our system of government. The morning session looks into the sources of the founders’ ideas for our representative structure. The afternoon examines the political and economic principles they arrived at and incorporated in our original governing documents.

Said James Madison, “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”

The NCCS is a nonprofit educational foundation created to teach the U.S. Constitution. Founded in 1971, NCCS has held thousands of seminars around the country to teach the original political principles and ideas we live under in our country. NCCS is a volunteer organization with few paid employees.

Bill Norton, originally announced as presenter for the seminar, is unable to be in Davis due to scheduling conflicts.

In his place, Lester Pearce, also an NCCS presenter, will lead the seminar. Living in Arizona, he served as an Arizona state senator from 1989 to 1995. He was the assistant minority leader from 1991 to 1992.

While in the Arizona Legislature, Pearce served on the Judiciary Committee; the Commerce, Labor, Insurance and Banking Committee; and the Rules Committee. He also was the chairman of the Government Committee from 1989 to 1991 and the vice chairman of the Commerce, Labor, Insurance and Banking Committee and the Finance and Government committees.

From 1997 to 2012 he was a Justice Court judge in Arizona. He is now retired.

Pearce served on the NCCS board of directors from 1981 to 1990.

NCCS is also the publisher of “The 5,000 Year Leap: The Miracle That Changed the World,” a history of the early United States Constitution appropriate for adults, students and elected officials. It describes the government empowered by the people with checks and balances and a commitment to fiscal responsibility. To date, it has sold close to a million copies.

As an organization, NCCS also has distributed more than 10 million copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Saturday’s seminar takes place in the conference room at Freedom from Hunger, 1644 Da Vinci Court in South Davis. Doors open at 8 a.m.; the program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch.

The charge for adults is $25, to be paid in cash at the door to cover the cost of materials for the course, the transportation and lodging for the presenter, and breakfast pastries and beverages. Students will be admitted for $10. Scholarships are available.

To reserve a space, email [email protected] and include the names of those attending, a contact name and phone number.

Enterprise staff

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