UVU unveils collaborative research platform on the U.S. Constitution

Utah Senator Mike Lee speaks as "The Quill Project" is unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Quill Project digitally reconstructs the thousands of negotiations, proposals, notes, and timelines of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and will be available for free at for those wishing to research and study the events of 1787. The project demonstration took place at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (August Miller, UVU Marketing)

(KUTV) - Utah Valley University and Pembroke College at the University of Oxford unveiled a collaborative research platform on the U.S. Constitution at U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

'The Quill Project' is the new platform that has recreated original historical texts such as constitutions, treaties, and legislation for public viewing. Thousands of documents in the project were negotiated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a news release stated.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee participated in the presentation that can be watched on Facebook or by clicking the below image.

“The study of the Constitution is highly personal for me and my family as my late father was the Solicitor General of the United States under President Reagan and my brother is a sitting supreme court justice on the Utah Supreme Court,” said Sen. Lee in the press release. “I highly commend this unique transatlantic partnership between our great Utah Valley University and the world’s most famous and established institution of higher education, Oxford University. I believe the Quill Project can play a significant role in improving constitutional literacy across the world.”

The Quill Project platform was created by Dr. Nicholas Cole of Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, with research conducted by students at Pembroke College and at Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies, according to the release.

The research tool is dedicated to increasing constitutional literacy and is expected to expand with a variety of other projects, including the presentation of the Salt Lake Convention 1895 records, which led to the creation of the Utah Constitution, the release stated.

“I am immensely proud of our students’ contribution to this remarkable, even historic project, which provides a significant learning tool to everyday students as well as scholars looking to delve more deeply into negotiated texts,” said Matthew Holland, president of UVU, in the press release. “We have been honored to work with such an esteemed institution as Pembroke College in bringing this platform to the public. This collaboration by our Center for Constitutional Studies beautifully illustrates our defining commitment to engaged learning, which immerses students in real-world activities outside the classroom to increase professional competence and confidence.”