Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We the People: The Civil Rights Revolution

Bruce Ackerman

We the People: The Civil Rights Revolution is coming out next week, and the Yale Law Journal will be celebrating its publication with a two-day Symposium on  The Meaning of the Civil Rights Revolution.

Here's the line-up:

Friday, February 28:

1:10-1:30: Introduction by Dean Robert Post

1:30 – 3:50 Constitutional Change and the Role of Courts (chaired by Jack Balkin)

Randy Barnett, We the People: Each and Every One
Justin Driver, Reactionary Rhetoric, Judicial Skepticism, and Liberal Legal Academia
Sanford Levinson, Popular Sovereignty and the United States Constitution: Tensions in the Ackermanian Program
David Strauss, The Neo-Hamiltonian Temptation

4:00 – 6:00 Constitutional Change and the Role of Social Movements (chaired by Owen Fiss)

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, The Civil Rights Canon: From Above and Below
Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres, Changing the Wind: Notes Toward a Demosprudence of Law and Social Movements
David Super, Protecting Civil Rights in the Shadows

6:00 – 6:30 Comments by Bruce Ackerman

Saturday, March 1:

9:30 – 11:30 Spheres and Strategies for Civil Rights (chaired by Reva Siegel)

Samuel Bagenstos, Universalism and Civil Rights
Cary Franklin, Separate Spheres
Rogers Smith, Ackerman’s Civil Rights Revolution and Modern American Racial Politics

12:15 – 2:15 The Anti-Humiliation Principle and the Legacy of Brown (chaired by Akhil Amar)

Deborah Hellman, Equal Protection in the Key of Respect
Randall Kennedy, Ackerman’s Brown
Kenji Yoshino, The Anti-Humiliation Principle and Same-Sex Marriage

2:30 – 4:30 The Civil Rights Revolution in Employment (chaired by Christine Jolls)

Richard Thompson Ford, Rethinking Rights After the Second Reconstruction
Sophia Lee, A Revolution at War with Itself? Preserving Employment Preferences from Weber to Ricci
John Skrentny, Have We Moved Beyond the Civil Rights Revolution?

4:30 – 5:00 Closing Remarks by Bruce Ackerman