On Monday, Sept. 19, all schools across America will put on educational programs for the first-ever federally mandated Constitution Day—or else risk their federal funding. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is responding to the new legislation, sponsored by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), with something of a bitch-slap: a seminar that questions the constitutionality of Constitution Day. A panel of law-school faculty members will debate whether the one-day curriculum clashes with academic institutions’ freedom of speech. “It’s ironic that in an effort to cure the constitutional illiteracy of Americans, Congress has chosen a remedy that may itself violate the Constitution’s First Amendment,” says UDC law professor Will McLain, coordinator and moderator of the program. “Since the government is requiring UDC to talk about the meaning of the Constitution, that’s what we think we ought to talk about.” —Arthur Delaney