Constitution Day Celebration Kicks off Monday Speaker Series

Evan Low, Mayor of the City of Campbell (right), with Menlo College President James J. Kelly and Yasmin Lambie-Simpson, Dean of Student Affairs.

September 17, 2013:

By Vicky Schultz

On Monday, September 16, Menlo College celebrated Constitution Day by hosting Evan Low, Mayor of the City of Campbell. Mr. Low, the youngest Asian-American Mayor in the country, gave a speech about the Constitution, politics, and business, intertwined with his own story of triumph over ageism, racism, and homophobia.

"It was an honor to host Mayor Low as our Constitution Day speaker this year,” said Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science and organizer of the event. “His remarks hit on what Constitution Day is all about — not just honoring the birth of our nation, but celebrating the amazing combination of capitalism, democracy, individual perseverance and individual rights that make the United States the land of the free as well as the land of opportunity."

Mr. Low’s presentation was the first of Menlo’s Monday Night Speaker Series sponsored by the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs offices. The focus of the series is to discuss current issues facing the larger community, hear how scholars are attempting to inform people with their research projects, and broaden individual perspectives by encouraging social commentary.

On October 28, 2013, Menlo will be welcoming Dr. James Everitt, Principal at Sacred Heart Preparatory.