2011 - 2012 Schedule

Fall Semester 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Democracy, Diversity, and Disagreement: Stanley Fish v. Daniel Markovits

Professor Stanley Fish
Visiting Professor of Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow at Yale Law School. Professor Fish is one of the country's leading public intellectuals, as well as the author of more than 200 scholarly publications and 13 books. He also writes a widely read weekly column in The New York Times.
Professor Daniel Markovits
Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. He has written articles on contract, legal ethics, distributive justice, and democratic theory, and is currently writing a book on toleration in politics.



Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Unity of Law and Religion in Ancient Rome and Classical India: Learning From the ‘Other’

Clifford Ando
Professor of Classics, History and Law at the University of Chicago and the author of Law, Language and Empire in the Roman Tradition (2011).
Donald R. Davis, Jr.
Associate Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of The Spirit of Hindu Law (2010).



Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Whither Are We Bound? Church-State Separation and the Theological Roots of Law

Philip Hamburger
Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and the author of Separation of Church and State (2002).
James Q. Whitman
Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School and the author of The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial (2007).



Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Orthodoxy or Orthopraxy: Does the Text of the Constitution Matter?

Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School and author of The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (1998) and America’s Constitution: A Biography (2005).
Sanford V. Levinson
Visiting Professor, Yale Law School, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas (Austin); Author of Constitutional Faith (1988) and Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) (2006).


Spring Semester 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Cartoons and Free Speech: At the intersection of Democracy, Multiculturalism, and Individual Rights

Robert C. Post
Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and author of Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom:  A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State
Joseph Carens
Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, and author of Culture, Citizenship, and Community: A Contextual Exploration of Justice as Evenhandedness



Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Crosses in the Classroom: The legality and legitimacy of religious symbols in public spaces

Susanna Mancini
Visiting Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Bologna.
Paolo G. Carozza
Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School.