Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to speak at EMU on Sept. 21 as the University celebrates Constitution Day and the grand opening of the Upshur Institute for Civic Education

YPSILANTI— The Department of History & Philosophy will celebrate the grand opening of the Upshur Institute for Civic Education (UICE) on Thursday, Sept. 21, with special guest Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's Secretary of State. Benson will give a keynote address on the importance of civic education and Constitution Day.  The event starts at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public. It is LBC approved and students are encouraged to attend.  

The event coincides with Michigan's Constitution Week. 

Jocelyn Benson

The purpose of the UICE is to promote innovative methods of teaching and learning in history, social studies, and civic education; to investigate and test new approaches to history and social studies teacher preparation courses at EMU; and to help foster a new generation of informed and engaged citizens and innovative educators at the high school and college levels for the benefit of students in Michigan and beyond. 

The Institute is led by Director Brigid Beaubien, professor of Teacher Education, and is a result of a major gift received last year from History professor Emerita Jiu-Hwa Upshur. 

For more information, contact Peter Higgins at phiggin1@emich.edu or 7343-487-1018.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

September 06, 2023

Written by:
Peter Higgins

Media Contact:
Melissa Thrasher