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A decade after the tragedies that struck the nation on Sept. 11, Tennessee Tech University will host a lecture on the ramifications of the attacks on the balance between liberty and security during its annual Constitution Day presentation.

On Sept. 13, TTU will host Richard Glenn, professor and chairperson of the government and political affairs department at Millersville University in Pennsylvania.

Glenn’s speech is entitled, “The post-9/11 decade: In which the United States is forced to re-evaluate the tension between liberty and security.”

Glenn regularly teaches courses on the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties and civil rights, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published numerous books and articles about American politics, especially on the inherent tension between liberty and security.

The Nolan Fowler Constitution Day Celebration at TTU is in its seventh year and is held to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

In an effort to improve knowledge about the historical document, Congress in 2005 mandated that all educational institutions that receive federal money must hold a day to commemorate the Constitution on or around Sept. 17.

That same year, Fowler gave TTU a $150,000 endowment to support the celebration. Fowler was a professor of history and constitutional law from 1962-79. He passed away in 2008.

The event will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 in Derryberry Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.