Constitution Day

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






9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Session 1 (Library 244). Sex Discrimination, Gender Stereotypes, and the Law from the 1960s to the 1980s


Chair: Jessica Weiss (California State University, East Bay, History Department)

Carol Cini, “Battling Sex Discrimination through the Legislature: California’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Fight for Educational Equality, 1966-1976” (De Anza College History Department)

Donna Schuele, “Sex Is Not Like Race: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, and the Supreme Court Campaign to End Gender Stereotyping” (California State University, Los Angeles, History Department)

Kathleen Cairns, “Gendered Injustice: Rose Bird’s Ouster from the California Supreme Court” (California Polytechnic State University History Department)


Session 2 (Library 121). Deportation and the Constitution: The Past and Today


Chair: Eric Mar (SFSU Asian American Studies Department)

Robert Cherny, “Deportation and the Constitution: The Supreme Court Cases of Harry Bridges, 1945 and 1953” (SFSU History Department)

Kurt Nutting, “Bringing Immigration Law Within the Boundaries of the Constitution” (SFSU Philosophy Department)


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Session 3 (Library 244). Grassroots Woman Suffrage Activism: Research in Diversity, Intersectionality, and Coalition-Building


Chair: Gayle Gullett (Arizona State University School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies)

Tom Dublin, “Was There A Black Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1890-1930?” (State University of New York at Binghamton History Department)

Sherry Katz, “‘Researching Around Our Subjects’: Socialist-Feminist Suffragists and Coalition-Building in the California Suffrage Movement, 1911” (SFSU History Department)


Session 4 (Library 121). The Palestine Exception?


Chair: Vida Samiian (University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Linguistics)

Lisa Rofel, “The Geneology of Free Speech in the USA: From Anti-Communism to Anti-Palestine Justice” (University of California, Santa Cruz, Anthropology Department)

David Palumbo-Liu, “Freedom of Speech; Academic Freedom; and Teaching Palestine” (Stanford University Comparative Literature Department)

Sang Hea Kil, “Teaching Palestine and Zionist Harassment at San Jose State University” (San Jose State University Justice Studies Department)


12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Session 5 (Library 121). Force, Fight, and Feeling: The U.S. Constitution from the Revolution through the Early Republic


Chair: Eva Sheppard Wolf (SFSU History Department)

Michael Drum, “Resolute Resisters: The Whiskey Rebellion and the Battle for the Direction of the Nation” (SFSU History Department)

Sean Gallagher, “The Prison of Public Works: Enslaved People and Patriot State Formation at Virginia’s Chiswell Lead Mines, 1775-1785” (University of California, Davis, History Department)

Russell Weber, “‘To Feel the Need of Union’: Passions, Patriotism, and the Rhetoric of Ratification” (University of California, Berkeley, History Department)


Session 6 (Library 244). Labor in the Age of Trump


Chair: Sue Englander (SFSU History Department)

Steve Leikin, “Trump as Working-Class Hero? A Tall Tale That Is Unraveling (SFSU History Department)

Ann Robertson, “Labor and the Democratic Party in the Age of Trump” (SFSU Philosophy Department)


Session 7 (Jack Adams Hall). Screening: Enemy Alien


Chair: Jamal Dajani (SFSU Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program)

This session will feature a screening of Konrad Aderer’s 2011 film Enemy Alien.


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Session 8 (Library 121). Constitutional Enforcement in the Separation of Powers


Chair: Robert Keith Collins (SFSU American Indian Studies Department)

Rebecca Eissler, “How Separate is the Presidency?: Influences on the Presidential Policy Agenda.” (SFSU Political Science Department)

Nicholas Conway, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Constitutional Enforcement in Police Misconduct Cases” (SFSU Political Science Department)

Martin Carcieri, “The Trump Court and Affirmative Action” (SFSU Political Science Department)


Session 9 (Jack Adams Hall). Enemy Alien Then and Now: Detention Camps, Immigration Exclusion, and the Muslim Ban


Chair: Jamal Dajani (SFSU Arab and Muslim Ethnicies and Diasporas Program)

Rabab Abdulhadi (SFSU Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Program)

Hatem Bazian (Zaytuna College Islamic Law and Theology Department)

Cesar Rodriguez (SFSU Criminal Justice Studies Program)

Michael Yoshii (Buena Vista United Methodist Church)

Grace Shimizu (Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans!)


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Session 10 (Jack Adams Hall). Keynote Presentation by Bertrall Ross, “Fixing Our Distorted Democracy”


Chair: Marc Stein (SFSU History Department)

Welcome: Andrew T. Harris, Dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts


Bertrall Ross is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Law School. He earned a B.A. in International Affairs and History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, an M.Sc in the Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Yale University Law School. His most recent publications include “Addressing Inequality in the Age of Citizens United” (NYU Law Review, 2018); “Constitutional Path to Fair Representation for the Poor” (Kansas Law Review, 2018); “Partisan Gerrymandering, the First Amendment, and the Political Outsider” (Columbia Law Review, 2018); and “Administering Suspect Classes” (Duke Law Journal, 2017). His forthcoming book, What the Constitution Owes the Poor: Equal Protection and a Path to Political Equality, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.


5:30 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.


Reception for Invited Guests (Library 121)




9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Session 11 (Library 121). Philosophical Perspectives on Virtue, Ethics, and Democracy


Chair: Carlos Montemayor (SFSU Philosophy Department)

Matthew Madruga, “Just Law” (SFSU Philosophy Department)

Karin Brown, “People As Commodities” (San Jose State University Philosophy Department)

John Hermann, “Sovereign Citizenry: Taking Democracy Seriously” (San Jose State University Philosophy Department)


Session 12 (Library 244). The Rise of the “Military-Policing Industrial Complex”: Police Violence, State Surveillance, and Immigrant “Concentration Camps”


Chair: Eric Mar (SFSU Asian American Studies Department)

Equipto (Mario Woods Coalition)

Lara Kiswani (Arab Resource Organizing Center)

Shahid Buttar (Electronic Frontier Foundation)


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Session 13 (Jack Adams Hall). Disorderly Conduct, Policing Practices, and Social Hierarchies


Chair: Soumyaa Behrens (SFSU School of Cinema)

Jen Reck, “Managing Urban Space, Criminalizing Visible Poverty: San Francisco's Castro in Transition” (SFSU Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department)

Dilara Yarbrough, Kelley Cutler, and TJ Johnston, “How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty, and Grassroots Organizing to Fight Back” (SFSN Department of Criminal Justice Studies and San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness)


Session 14 (Library 121). How the Israel-USA Connection Affects Constitutional Rights: Jewish and Arab Perspectives


Chair: Savannah Landau (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network)

David Spero (Jewish Voice for Peace)

Alexei Folger (Jewish Voice for Peace)

Brooke Lober (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network)

Wassim Hage (Arab Resource and Organizing Center)


12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Session 15 (Jack Adams Hall). Title V Roundtable: The U.S. Constitution in the California State University Classroom


Chair: Bridget Ford (California State University, East Bay, History Department)

Nick Baham (California State University, East Bay, Ethnic Studies Department)

Sarah Crabtree (SFSU History Department)

Danvy Le (California State University, East Bay, Political Science Department)

Andrew Wiese (San Diego State University History Department)


2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Session 16 (Jack Adams Hall). Viewpoint Diversity v. Academic Freedom


Chair: Charles Postel (SFSU History Department)

Rabab Abdulhadi, “Palestine, Academic Freedom and Institutional Retaliation” (SFSU Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Program)

Blanca Missé, “Viewpoint Diversity and Intellectual Freedom” (SFSU Modern Languages and Literatures Department)


Session 17 (Library 121). The Supreme Court: Should We Expand It?


Chair: Elizabeth Gill (American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California)

Aaron Belkin (SFSU Michael D. Palm Center for Research Translation and Public Policy)


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Session 18 (Jack Adams Hall). Keynote Presentation by K. Tsianina Lomawaima, “More than Mascots! Less than Citizens? American Indians and the False Promises of U.S. Citizenship”


Chair and Welcome: Marc Stein (SFSU History Department)


Biography: K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Mvskoke/Creek Nation, not enrolled) is Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research and teaching interests include the status of Native people as U.S. citizens and Native nations as Indigenous sovereigns, the role of Native nations in shaping U.S. federalism, American Indian policy history, Indigenous knowledge systems, and the history of American Indian education. Her books include “To Remain an Indian”: Lessons for Democracy from a Century of Native American Education (Teachers College Press, 2006; Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association); and Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law (University of Oklahoma Press, 2001; with David E. Wilkins). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Education.


5:30 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.


Reception for Invited Guests (Library 121)


Conference Organizing Committee:

Conference Coordinator: Marc Stein, History Department

Rabab Abdulhadi, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Program

Soumyaa Behrens, School of Cinema

Deb Cohler, Women and Gender Studies Department

Robert Keith Collins, American Indian Studies Department

Nick Conway, Political Science Department

Eric Mar, Asian American Studies Department

Blanca Maria Missé, Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Charles Postel, History Department

César "Ché" Rodríguez, Criminal Justice Studies Department

Clare Sears, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department

Kendra Van Cleave, J. Paul Leonard Library


Sponsors: College of Liberal and Creative Arts and Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Chair in U.S. History


Co-sponsors: California Faculty Association—SFSU Chapter, College of Ethnic Studies, College of Extended Learning, Division of Graduate Studies, Documentary Film Institute, History Department, History Students Association, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Modern Languages and Literatures Department, Paralegal Studies Program, Philosophy Department, Political Science Department, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department, and Women and Gender Studies Department.


Conference Website:


Grateful acknowledgement to Dean Andrew T. Harris for the support of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts; Trevor Getz and Laura Lisy-Wagner (Chairs) for the support of the History Department; Margaret Paz for website management; Audrey Chuck for financial administration; Erick Delgado for poster design; Christopher Statton, Art Hazelwood, and the San Francisco Poster Syndicate for permission to reproduce the “Cultivating Resistance” mural; Curtis Rager and Hailee VanHorn for the support of the History Students Association; and Mario Burrus and Adam Joseph Nichols for general conference assistance. We also acknowledge with appreciation the generous financial contributions of the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Chair for its support of historical and legal studies at SFSU.

We will be using the hashtag #rightsandwrongs for the conference. Please feel free to use it in your tweets and tag us @RightsWrongsSF to continue the conversations online.



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