Constitution Day 2018 Program

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

17-18 Sep. 2018

Monday, 17 September
9:30-10:45 a.m.
Session 1 (Library 121)
Slavery, Servitude, and the Constitution
Chair: Cathy Kudlick (SFSU History Department and Longmore Institute)
Julie Miller, “The Persons among People in 1787” (Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University)
Susan Schweik, “Disability, Deinstitutionalization, and the Idea of Involuntary Servitude” (University of California, Berkeley, English Department)
Session 2 (Library 286)
Philosophies of Law
Chair: Kurt Nutting (SFSU Philosophy Department)
Mikias Wondyfraw, “Social Ontology of Police Violence: Social Groups and Social Institutions” (SFSU Philosophy Department)
Matt Madruga and Yuze Wei, “Effective Equality and Liberty” (SFSU Philosophy Department)
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Session 3 (Library 121)
White Supremacy in Constitutional Law: An Interactive Workshop
Chair: Mali Kigasari (SFSU Paralegal Studies Program)
Kathleen Tarr (Stanford University Program in Writing and Rhetoric)
Trina Thompson (Alameda County Superior Court)
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Session 4 (Library 121)
History and Memory: U.S. Citizenship and the U.S. Constitution in the Eighteenth Century
Chair: Eva Sheppard Wolf (SFSU History Department)
Max Speare, “‘Who Tells Your Story?’: Hamilton, The Constitution, and the Reproduction of American Memory” (University of California, Irvine, History Department)
Sarah Crabtree, “Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic, and the Spirit of Capitalism” (SFSU History Department)
Colin Bossen, “The Constitution in the Imagination of the Second Ku Klux Klan” (First Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Houston)
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Session 5 (Library 121)
Constitutional Transnationalism: Case Studies of U.S. Influences on Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam
Chair: Scott Siegel (SFSU International Relations Department)
Kym Morrison, “Diverging Visions of Liberalism and Affirmative Action in U.S. and Brazilian Constitutional Law” (SFSU History Department)
Chris Chekuri, “Equality: The Indian Career of an American Idea” (SFSU History Department)
Jessica Elkind, “Constitutions and Colonialism in Southeast Asia: American Influences in the Philippines and Vietnam” (SFSU History Department)
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Session 6 (Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center 3rd Floor/Terrace Level)
Keynote Presentation
Chair: Marc Stein (SFSU History Department)
Welcome: Andy T. Harris (Dean, SFSU College of Liberal and Creative Arts)
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, “How the Second Amendment Reveals White Nationalism”
Biography: Originally from rural Oklahoma, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz graduated with a B.A. in history from San Francisco State University, then completed a doctorate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1974, specializing in Western Hemisphere and Indigenous histories. She is Professor Emerita in Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay, where she created and taught the curriculum in Native American Studies and co-founded the Department of Ethnic Studies.  She is author or editor of twelve books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and the memoir trilogy: Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War. Her 2014 book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, won the American Book Award. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment was published in 2018. She is at work on a book interrogating the claim that the United States is a “nation of immigrants.”
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Reception for Invited Guests
Tuesday, 18 September
9:30-10:45 a.m.
Session 7 (Jack Adams Hall)
Interpreting the Constitution in Politicized Contexts
Chair: Marc Stein (SFSU History Department)
Ray Raphael, “Originalism: The Politicized Interface of History and Jurisprudence” (Constitutional Sources Project--ConSource)
Session 8 (Library 121)
Representation in Politics and Higher Education
Chair: Kendra van Cleave (SFSU J. Paul Leonard Library)
Wendy Salkin “The Conscription of Political Representatives” or “The Limits of Similitude and Deference: Reexamining Core Principles of Political Representation” (SFSU Philosophy Department)
Itai Sneh, “From the Ivy League to an Urban League: Faculty Diversity as a Bridge to Students” (John Jay College of Criminal Justice History Department
Francis Neely, “Ranked Choice Voting and Electoral Reform in California” (SFSU Political Science Department)
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Session 9 (Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center 3rd Floor/Terrace Level)
Keynote Presentation
Chair: Marc Stein (SFSU History Department)
Welcome: Jennifer Summit (SFSU Provost)
Ian F. Haney López, “The Future of Whiteness: Dog Whistle Politics or Cross-Racial Solidarity?”
Biography: Ian Haney López holds an endowed chair as the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. The author or editor of five books, he is the author most recently of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (Oxford 2014). There he describes how for fifty years Republicans, and some Democrats too, exploited racial pandering to build resentment toward government, pushing voters into supporting policies that favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else. He is a principal investigator, along with Anat Shenker-Osorio and Heather McGhee, in the Race-Class Narrative project, exploring how to defeat dog whistle politics and build cross-racial support for racial justice and shared economic prosperity for all.
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Session 10 (Jack Adams Hall)
Students v. Universities: Gay Rights in a Transitional Era
Chair: Clare Sears (SFSU Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department)
Marc Stein, “Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s” (SFSU History Department)
Session 11  (Library 121)
Constitutional Law on Film
Chair: TBA
Soumyaa Behrens, “Civil Disobedience and Public Space” (SFSU Cinema Department)
2:00-3:15 p.m.
Session 12 (Jack Adams Hall)
Japanese American Internment, Constitutional Law, and the Presence of the Past
Chair: Christen Sasaki (SFSU Asian American Studies)
Karen Korematsu, “Fred Korematsu’s Legacy Today” (Fred T. Korematsu Institute)
Session 13 (Library 121)
ACLU Past and Present 
Chair: Venise Wagner (SFSU Journalism Department)
Linda Lye (ACLU of Northern California)
Alan Schlosser (ACLU of Northern California)
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
Session 14 (Library 121 or Jack Adams Hall)
Sanctuary Cities and Immigration Law
Chair: César "Ché" Rodríguez (SFSU Criminal Justice Studies)
Laura Gutierrez, “The Denaturalization Task Force and the History of Immigrant Removal” (Pacific University History Department)
Maria Quintana, “From Japanese American Incarceration to the Mexican Bracero Program: Addressing Continuities” (SFSU Latina/o Studies Department)
Shelley Wilcox, “In Defense of Sanctuary Cities” (SFSU Philosophy Department)​
Conference Organizing Committee:
Organizing Committee:
Conference Coordinator: Marc Stein, History Department
Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies
Soumyaa Behrens, School of Cinema
Martin Carcieri, Political Science Department
Teresa Carrillo, Latina/Latino Studies Department
Mali Kigasari, Paralegal Studies Program
Catherine Kudlick, History Department and Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
Blanca Maria Missé, Modern Languages and Literatures Department
Kym Morrison, History Department
Maria L. Quintana, Latina/Latino Studies Department
César "Ché" Rodríguez, Criminal Justice Studies Department
Wendy Salkin, Philosophy Department
Clare Sears, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department
Kendra Van Cleave, J. Paul Leonard Library
Venise Wagner, Journalism Department
Sponsor: College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Co-sponsors: College of Ethnic Studies, College of Extended Learning, Division of Graduate Studies, Documentary Film Institute, History Department, History Students Association, Labor Archives and Research Center, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Modern Languages and Literatures Department, Paralegal Studies Program, Philosophy Department, Political Science Department, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Sociology and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Chair in U.S. History.
Conference Website: We will be using the hashtag #rightsandwrongs. Please feel free to use it in your tweets and tag us @RightsWrongsSF to continue the conversations online.
Grateful acknowledgment to Dean Andrew T. Harris for the support of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, Trevor Getz (Chair) for the support of the History Department, Audrey Chuck for financial administration, Erick Delgado for poster design, Academic Technology for tech support, Alesha Marie Martens and Curtis Allen Rager for the support of the History Students Association, and Mario Burrus for general conference support. 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.