U.S. Rep. Tom Petri will deliver Lakeland College’s annual U.S. Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 16. Petri will give a talked entitled “The Constitution at 226: A Living, Breathing Document.”
The lecture will begin at 11:15 a.m. at Lakeland’s Bradley Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.
Petri will use historical contexts, debates and present-day issues to discuss how trends have affected the Constitution, and the way the document has been interpreted over the past two decades. He will also offer insight on how he personally uses the Constitution to guide him in his decisions in Congress.
“I’m very excited to be a part of Lakeland’s Constitution Day celebration,” Petri said. “The Constitution is truly a remarkable document that has gone through many interpretations and changes through the years. I look forward to discussing some of these issues with the students, faculty and visitors.”
In 2004, a federal law designated Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S.
Petri represents Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District and is serving his 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. First elected in April 1979, Petri has been returned to office every two years since. He is a current member of both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce (formerly Education and Labor). As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, he is a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Petri is no stranger to Lakeland. In 2002, he delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. Petri also visited the college in 2010 as a part of a greater area tour he organized for Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, who spoke about the value of Lakeland’s Japan campus.