Sex and the Constitution from America's Origins to the 21st Century
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Geoffrey R. Stone, Amy Adler (moderator)
Sat, October 21st, 2017 |
9:30 am to 11:00 am
(Members $38)


9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

Fueled by tensions among politics, religion, public opinion, and the courts, the epic story of how sex came to be legislated in America is as old as the nation itself, beginning with the Founding Fathers’ adamant commitment to the separation of church and state, spanning through to the late-19th and early-20th centuries with the development of laws regulating pornography, contraception, and abortion, and persisting through the postwar era with landmark Supreme Court cases, including Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, and Obergefell v. Hodges. Leading legal experts discuss how Constitutional interpretations of sex continue to cause controversy in American law and society today.

Geoffrey R. Stone is Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and the author of Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century. Amy Adler (moderator) is Emily Kempin Professor of Law at NYU School of Law.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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