Biola University recognized Constitution Day 2023 on Sept. 19 with a special address by United States Air Force Captain Hannah Durbin. Biola’s Torrey Honors College and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences co-sponsored the event, which included honoring a faculty member who recently became a U.S. citizen.

Durbin is a 2018 Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and a Holaday Scholar — the most prestigious graduate school scholarship awarded by USAFA — to Oxford where she received her M.Phil in Political Theory in 2020 and graduated with honors including highest honors for her thesis work.

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Biola faculty listen to Captain Durbin's presentation on September 19, 2023.

Durbin’s address, titled “Civic Respect in a Constitutional Republic,” presented Durbin’s theory in the context of the US Constitution and its guidelines for a republic, with a special eye on civic respect in a time of massive political division.

In honor of Citizenship Day, which coincides with Constitution Day, Biola additionally recognized a Biola faculty member who recently passed their citizenship requirements and was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on September 19, 2023.

The event was made possible by a generous grant from the Jack Miller Center as part of their Constitution Day program.

Learn more about Torrey Honors College and Biola’s political science degree.

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