By Joe Garvey

Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for The New York Times' Opinion section and a political analyst for CBS News, will discuss "Modernizing American Democracy" as the featured speaker for Old Dominion University's Constitution Day commemoration.

The virtual event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 17. It is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required by Sept. 15.

David Uberti, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, describes Bouie as "one of the defining commentators on politics and race in the Trump era." When the Times added Bouie to its lineup of columnists in January 2019, it noted that he has "consistently driven understanding of politics deeper by bringing not only a reporter's eye but also a historian's perspective and sense of proportion to bear on the news."

Before joining the Times, Bouie, a Virginia Beach native who graduated from Kellam High School, was the chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. He also worked at The Daily Beast as a staff writer and held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazines. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

ODU observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day annually on Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in 1787 and to "recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens."

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