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Virginia Wesleyan College will celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17 with a special presentation by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom: “Burning Books, Banning Books, and Religion: Free Speech and Free Libraries." The program will take place in the Pearce Hospitality Suite inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center from 11-11:50 a.m. It will feature sentiments from Dr. Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom; and a special presentation by Dr. Susan Larkin, Batten Associate Professor of English, and students in her course, “Banned Books.” Also beginning Sept. 17, in honor of 2015 Banned Books Week, a book display titled "Banned Religious Books and Books Banned for Religious Reasons" will be exhibited in Hofheimer Library (through Oct. 3). The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom will continue the College’s observance of Constitution Day on Sept. 24 with a brown-bag lunch discussion featuring Dr. Timothy O'Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College, titled: “It's Not Your (Founding) Fathers' U.S. Constitution: Do ‘We the People’ Steer It?” The discussion will take place from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Shafer Room inside Boyd Dining Center, and guests are encouraged to bring lunch. Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, the day in which the final version of the document was signed by 39 delegates in Philadelphia. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or