2017 Constitution Day Slam

Constitution Day Slam

The NYU Brademas Center and NYU Government Affairs celebrated the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a spoken word and poetry slam. Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution (September 17, 1787) and those who have become U.S. citizens.

NYU Students, faculty/staff as well as local community members were invited to submit a video of their performance inspired by the U.S. Constitution. 8 finalists were selected to perform their piece on Monday, September 18, 2017 in Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center for Student Life. Three winners, Christina Gayton, J. Metje, and Lauren Nguyen were selected and each received a $100 prize.

  • Brendan Boursiquot - Transparency
  • Jeremy Boyd - Red, White, and 230 Years Later
  • Christina GaytonListen
  • J. Metje - We The People
  • Lauren Nguyen - Green Card
  • Bill Rui - Work in Progress
  • Raul Hernando Sanchez - Ghost People
  • Emilie Weiner - The Oak and The Vine

The Constitution Day Slam engaged the NYU and local community and provided a platform for individuals to share their talents and voices. Participants expressed themselves creatively and respectfully. 

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YOUTUBE MEDIA
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Event Emcee

Advocate of Words


Judges

Khalid Abu Dawas

Khalid Abu Dawas

Catherine Barnett

Catherine Barnett

James Ciano

James Ciano

Daniel Gallant

Daniel Gallant

Rules:

  1. Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
  2. Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
  3. The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
  4. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.

*Winners will be paid by NYU Accounts Payable by University check, and must provide address and contact information, along with a completed W9 form. WInners will be selected from a judges panel.