Constitution Day 2016


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 CothranBoyd 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  (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 MinianAna 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. 

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 Ethnic Studies, 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.