Constitution Day observance explores COVID restrictions

September 7, 2021
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A panel discussion on the legal and ethical implications of COVID-19 restrictions will mark Fitchburg State University’s observance of Constitution Day at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in the main lounge at Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. 

Admission is free and open to the public, though visitors to campus buildings are required to wear face coverings. The event will also be streamed online at

Masks. Vaccines. Passports. Lockdowns. The pandemic has raised many questions and issues that have constitutional as well as ethical implications. This panel talk, moderated by Professor Paul Weizer from the Economics, History and Political Science Department, will include students Miranda Gustin and Benjamin Hill, the captains of the university’s Moot Court team, whose case this year concerns vaccine mandates. The panel will also include Professor Zachary Miner from the Behavioral Sciences Department and Professor David Svolba from the Humanities Department

The event, which will include an opportunity for discussion and questions, is presented in association with the university’s new general education program.

Constitution Day is observed each year on Sept. 17, recognizing the anniversary of the document’s signing in 1787.