American Constitution Society Speaker

11/09/2017 - 12:10
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American Constitution Society Speaker
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 12:10pm
Location: Eckstein Hall, Room 363
Access: Members Only
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Can There Be a Third Reconstruction?   Presented by Professor Atiba Ellis

The recent resurgence of white supremacist rhetoric and the reversals in antidiscrimination doctrine illustrate the fragility of the constitutional consensus around American equality. Equality based on race, sex, sexual orientation, and other political and social minority classifications appears to be in jeopardy. For some, the era of Trump and the jurisprudence of the Roberts Court represent “the end of the Second Reconstruction” and the ascendancy of new inequality. But is there a possibility for a Third Reconstruction? Professor Ellis will explore this question by drawing from concepts and cases used in his current course, “Contemporary Perspectives on Civil Rights,” which focuses on these issues through the lens of race, civil rights, and equal protection. He will discuss some of the key principles behind the American antidiscrimination consensus and the risks and possibilities related to these principles in this political and legal moment

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Eckstein Hall, Room 363