2016-2017 Lecture Series - GUNS in LAW


The GUNS in LAW  lecture series is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought at Amherst College.

A few words about our theme. 

In this series, we are interested in exploring the distinct status of guns as objects of legal regulation. Our question directs attention to the contested meanings of the Second Amendment’s protection of the “right to bear arms” and the controversy associated with the United States Supreme Court’s understanding of that Amendment as creating rights for individuals. Indeed some scholars argue that the contestation and controversy surrounding the Second Amendment provide a touchstone for larger debates about the nature of constitutional interpretation and the place of history in fixing the meaning of constitutional provisions. But the debate about guns in law goes beyond these constitutional issues. What does rational and effective regulation of firearms entail? Why do guns have such a talismanic place in American legal culture? Do guns mean something different as objects of legal regulation in urban America than in more rural places? Does the attachment to guns signal suspicion of law itself? What can we learn about the limits of law from examining its encounters with guns?

Please Mark your calendars for these speakers!

 

 
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  September 19, 2016 - Monday
 4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Saul Cornell,  Professor of American History, Fordham University

"The Common Law and Gun Regulation: Neglected Contexts of the Second Amendment Debate"
 
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October 24, 2016 -  Monday  
 4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Darrell Miller, Professor of Law, Duke University

"The Expressive Second Amendment"

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December 5, 2016  - Monday
4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Jennifer Carlson, Assistant Professor Schools of Sociology and Voernment & Public Policy, University of Arizona

"Examining Gun Policy in Action:  The Curious Case of California Style Gun Control"
 
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Feb. 13, 2017 -   Monday
4:30pm
Clark 100
Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law,
Roger William University

" The Real Promise - and Hard Truth - About Gun Control"

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     March 6, 2017  -  Monday
4:30pm   
Clark 100
 
Kate Shaw, Associate Professor of Law
Cardozo Law School
 
"Guns, Interpretation, and Executive Branch Constitutionalism"

   
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April 17, 2017 - Monday
4:30pm
Clark 100
Laura Beth Nielsen, Professor of Legal Studies
Northwestern University
 
"Guns, Ownership, and Identity: The Second Amendment after D.C. v. Heller"
 
 

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