Canceled: North carolina Harper Lecture: The constitution of public Schools

Note: Due to Hurricane Florence and its aftermath, the North Carolina Harper Lecture has been canceled for the fall season. Refunds will be issued to all registrants. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Featuring Justin Driver, the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law

On issues ranging from racial segregation to antiwar protests to teacher-led prayer, American society has been divided by the Supreme Court’s rulings affecting public schools. In his debut book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Pantheon, 2018), Justin Driver gives a lucid and provocative account of the historic legal battles waged over education and illuminates contemporary disputes that continue to fracture the nation. According to Driver, the Court has abdicated its responsibility for protecting students’ constitutional rights and risked transforming public schools into Constitution-free zones. In his lecture, Driver will deliver an overview of The Schoolhouse Gate, highlighting the gripping personal narratives behind landmark clashes and warning that the failure to honor students’ rights threatens our basic constitutional order. The book will be available for purchase at the event, which will include a book signing by the author. The book is also available for purchase online.
Praise for The Schoolhouse Gate
“No one who cares about our nation’s children and thus our country’s future can afford not to read [Driver’s] riveting work.” —Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School
“It’s pretty unusual to be moved to tears by a closely argued book on constitutional law. But Driver’s The Schoolhouse Gate is a most unusual book. Written with elegance and passion, Driver’s [volume] is also an uncompromising work of meticulous scholarship, which will define our understanding of its topic for years to come.” —Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago
harper_headshot_nc-10-11-2018Featured Faculty: Justin Driver
Justin Driver is the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. An award-winning constitutional law scholar, he has been published in both leading law reviews and popular publications such as Slate, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. Driver has clerked for Judge Merrick Garland, Justice Stephen Breyer, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and is a recipient of the American Society for Legal History’s William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize. He is a graduate of Brown University, Duke University, Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review). He is the author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Pantheon, September 2018).

Lecture Details

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies
Event Details:
6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception
Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.


Thursday, 10/11/18 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm | iCal


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