Sex and the Constitution (Afternoon Session)
The Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women's History
Sun, March 4th, 2018 |
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm


The Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society is pleased to present the third annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History, a cornerstone of the Center’s suite of public and scholarly programs. This year, the day-long event will focus on the theme of “Sex and the Constitution” through a keynote address and panel discussions. Leading scholars of history and law will discuss the ways in which the U.S. Constitution has defined, protected, and regulated the rights and freedoms of sexuality, marriage, and reproduction throughout our nation’s history. Speakers will consider key Supreme Court cases, as well as the political, social, and cultural contexts in which they were decided. They will also explore how American women have worked to guarantee and expand these rights and freedoms, both inside and outside of the courtroom, and what the future of law and organizing holds. 



2:15 PM PANEL 3: Where do we go from here?
Virginia Espino, Oral historian and lecturer, University of California at Los Angeles; Filmmaker, “No Más Bebés
Katherine Franke, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO,  National Women’s Law Center
Moderator: Irin Carmon, Journalist (Washington Post, MSNBC) and Author (The Notorious RBG, 2015)

3:30 PM CLOSING REFLECTIONS: On “Sex and the Constitution”
Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Amy Adler, Emily Kempin Professor of Law, New York University


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


Admission is free; advance reservations are required to guarantee seating.
Please note that there are separate registrations for the morning and afternoon sessions. Please reserve a ticket to both the morning and afternoon sessions if you plan on attending the entire conference.

By phone: Please contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Reserve Now” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be reserved on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Major funding for the programs of the Center for Women’s History has been provided by Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Jean Margo Reid, The Estate of Jean Dubinsky Appleton, Eric J. & Daria L. Wallach, Diana and Joseph DiMenna, Deutsche Bank, Claudine and Fred Bacher, James Basker and Angela Vallot, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Hogan Lovells, and The Caroline M. Lowndes Foundation.

Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

Image: Unknown Artist, Excelsior, c. last quarter 18th-century. New-York Historical Society.

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