The Center for Women’s History is pleased to present the third annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History, a cornerstone of the Center’s series of public and scholarly programs. This year through a keynote address and panel discussions, leading scholars of history and law explore 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 look at key Supreme Court cases, as well as the political, social, and cultural contexts in which they were decided. They also consider 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.
9 AM WELCOME
9:15 AM KEYNOTE: TBA
PANEL: What does the Constitution say about sex?
Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School; Former President, American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008)
Moderator: Robert C. Post, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School
PANEL: How and why has Constitutional law about sex changed over time?
Nancy Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University
Estelle Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History, Stanford University
Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University
Moderator: Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School
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.
Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.
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.
Image: Unknown Artist, Excelsior, c. last quarter 18th-century. New-York Historical Society.