The Forum: MCLA to hold Constitution Day talk Thursday


NORTH ADAMS >> Constitution Day not only commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, but it also recognizes all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at 4 p.m. on Thursday will continue to observe the 229th anniversary of the enactment of this document with a talk by Douglas Mishkin titled, "Bioethics, the Constitution and the Wizard of Oz." The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Murdock Hall, room 218, on the MCLA campus.

Mishkin is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Venable LLP., where he works in its labor and employment practice group. He has more than 30 years of litigation experience working on behalf of businesses and non-profit organizations, focuses on theft of trade secrets and breach of non-competes, and has experience in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and employment contract disputes.

In addition to representing clients, Mishkin is a trained mediator. As a trial attorney, he represents clients in state and federal courts across the country, and frequently handles matters in proceedings initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and human rights agencies.

This past Friday, Wayne Hammond, librarian of the Chapin Library at Williams College, also made a Constitution Day presentation in Williams' Chapin Gallery in the presence of original printings of the U.S. Constitution.

The Chapin Library has an original printing of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution (a draft printing from the Constitutional Convention), two versions of the first amendments to the Constitution and George Washington's copy of the Federalist Papers. All are on permanent display, open to the public, in the Chapin Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the MCLA talk: Contact History Professor Anthony Daly, 413-662-5478 or


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