Constitution Day Events and Exhibits

The Cougar Essay Contest – Third Annual
Deadline:  September 10th, 2014

The Cougar is hosting an essay contest: Pick any constitutional amendment, and in 400 words or less, tell us what it means to you and how it made the United States a better place.

Essays will be judged by The Cougar Editorial Board. The winning essay will be published in The Cougar in print and online Wednesday, September 17th.  The author also will win a $75 bookstore gift card, courtesy of the Center for Student Involvement!

Submit entries to,  by Midnight on September 10th.  

M.D. Anderson Library Special Collection and Online Exhibit

The University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library Special Collections owns a number of books written by, and original documents signed by, some of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention: Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Charles Pinckney, and George Washington.

These items are available for viewing upon request in the Library Reading Room.  Contact Special Collections at 713-743-9750 with any questions.

View the online exhibit:  “Celebrating the U.S. Constitution,"

Exhibit featuring ...

  • Facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Original documents of George Washington and George Pinkney, one of the most influential architects of the Constitution
  • Printed copies of the Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay to promote the then-proposed Constitution
  • A timeline illustrating the events and people that led to the drafting of the Constitution
  • "Know Your Constitution?" quizzes to test your knowledge

Catalyst Leadership Luncheon w/ Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield

The Catalyst Leadership Luncheon Series is bring one of the top female, Hispanic, legal professionals in Harris County to talk with you! In light of Constitution Day, Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield of Harris County Court 1 will be speaking with students about your constitutional rights and duties as the future leaders of Houston.

Judge Mayfield is a dynamic speaker who is very interested in talking with students.  She is part of the first generation in her family to attend college.  She is also a past president of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston.  Before becoming a judge, she was a partner in a mid-sized civil defense firm where she handled all phases of civil litigation for a wide variety of clients statewide.  She also had an active appellate practice, where she handled post-judgment motions, traditional and interlocutory appeals and original proceedings in the intermediate courts of appeal in Texas, the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit and various other courts of appeal across the country.

  • When: September 18th, 2014
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Where: AD Bruce Religion Center
  • RSVP for Lunch: