Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference at SF State

“Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at SF State”

15-16 September 2016

 

San Francisco State University has a proud tradition of sponsoring Constitution and Citizenship Day conferences that have featured the participation of a large number of students, faculty, and community members. The conference provides multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present, and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality, and justice. This year’s conference organizing committee is pleased to announce our 2016 keynote speakers: Boyd Cothran (York University) and Ana Raquel Minian (Stanford University).

 

Boyd Cothran, who will present “‘Murder of Malice Aforethought’: African and Native American Rights on Trial after the Civil War," is an associate professor of history at York University in Toronto. He is the author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Robert M. Utley Prize for the best book in military history from the Western History Association. He is currently working on a book that will bring Indigenous history together with women’s history, African American history, and environmental history to explore the battle between the dreams of an expansive federal government and the realities of entrenched local jurisdiction in America in the decades following the Civil War. The book is tentatively titled "Worst Weekend: How a Series of Forgotten Events Changed the Course of American History after the Civil War.”

Ana Raquel Minian, who will present “Fighting for Undocumented Migrants’ Rights,” is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Stanford University in Palo Alto. She is the author of “‘Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex’: The Strategic Use of Sexuality by the United Farm Workers,” which was published by American Quarterly in 2013. Her current book project, tentatively titled “Undocumented Lives: Mexican Migration to the United States 1965-1986,” explores the late-twentieth-century history of Mexican undocumented migration to the United States, the growth of migrant communities, and bi-national efforts to regulate the border. 

 

Further details about the conference program will be announced in the coming weeks. For additional information, see http://history.sfsu.edu/content/constitution-day.

Conference Organizing Committee:

Conference Coordinator: Marc Stein, History Department

Vince Avellino, Paralegal Studies Program

Darius Bost, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department

Elizabeth Brown, Criminal Justice Studies Program

Martin Carcieri, Political Science Department

Teresa Carrillo, Latina/Latino Studies Department

Deb Cohler, Women and Gender Studies Department

Trevor Getz, History Department

Catherine Kudlick, History Department and Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Catherine Powell, Labor Archives Research Center

Christen Sasaki, Asian American Studies Department

Anita Silvers, Philosophy Department

 

Sponsor: College of Liberal and Creative Arts

 

Co-Sponsors: College of Extended Learning, Criminal Justice Studies, Graduate Studies, History Department, History Students Association, Labor Archives and Research Center, Paralegal Studies, Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Chair in History, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Philosophy Department, Political Science Department, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department, Women and Gender Studies Department.

 

 

Call for Papers:

 

Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference
at San Francisco State University 
15-16 Sept. 2016
 
 
 

San Francisco State University has a proud tradition of sponsoring Constitution and Citizenship Day conferences that have featured the participation of a large number of students, faculty, and community members. The conference provides multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present, and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality, and justice. Proposals for papers, presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops (maximum 250 words) should be submitted by 1 July 2016 to marcs@sfsu.edu<mailto:marcs@sfsu.edu>. Please submit short vitas/resumes for all participants.

 

 

 

Recommended topics include but are not limited to:

 

Affirmative Action

Black Lives Matter and Racialized Policing

Colonialism and the Constitution

Disability Rights and Wrongs

Educational Rights, Teacher Tenure, and Faculty Unions

Environmental Justice

Free Speech on and off Campus

Housing and Homeless Rights

Immigrant Rights

Labor Law

Marriage Equality and Inequality

National Security and Military Justice

Native American Sovereignty

Presidential Politics and Constitutional Law

Prisons and Prisoners

Religious Freedom and Freedom from Religion

Reproductive and Parenting Rights

Sexual Harassment and Violence

Slavery and the Constitution

Student Rights and Freedoms

Trans Equality

Voting Rights

Women’s Rights and Constitutional Feminism

 

 

Organizing Committee:

 

Conference Coordinator: Marc Stein, History Department

Vince Avellino, Paralegal Studies Program

Darius Bost, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department

Elizabeth Brown, Criminal Justice Studies Program

Martin Carcieri, Political Science Department

Teresa Carrillo, Latina/Latino Studies Department

Deb Cohler, Women and Gender Studies Department

Trevor Getz, History Department

Catherine Kudlick, History Department and Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Catherine Powell, Labor Archives Research Center

Christen Sasaki, Asian American Studies Department

Anita Silvers, Philosophy Department

 

Sponsor:

College of Liberal and Creative Arts