The Faculty Podcast

Listen to lectures by—and discussions with—the University of Chicago Law School's eminent faculty, as well as some very special guests.

June 4, 2009

The Enlightenment took us from a world of Empire to an Age of Reason and equality in the public sphere. But it left the private spheres of culture and religion in the Dark Ages of imposition and unreason. In the Enlightenment worldview, freedom in the public sphere is freedom itself. Human rights came to be defined as “rights guaranteed in the secular political world.” But today on the frontlines of women’s movements in the Muslim world we hear challenges to this view of freedom and equality. Significantly, Muslim women’s challenges do not reject Enlightenment values but seek to take them further. No longer content to accept freedom in the public sphere and tyranny in the private, individuals in the modern world increasingly demand change within their religious communities in order to bring their faith in line with democratic norms and practices. In this talk Professor Sunder tells of a rising, transnational grassroots movement led by Muslim women to read the Qur’an for themselves, thus taking the traditional Enlightenment values of critique and participation the next mile, to religion itself. Madhavi Sunder is Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded May 7, 2009, as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas series. Chicago’s Best Ideas, a lecture series begun in honor of the University of Chicago Law School’s Centennial, highlights the intellectual innovations of the School’s distinguished faculty.

May 27, 2009

David Weisbach is Walter J. Blum Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Program in Law and Economics. This talk was recorded April 22, 2009 and was sponsored by the Environmental Law Society.

May 20, 2009

This panel was recorded on May 16, 2009 as part of the University of Chicago Law School's "Shakespeare and the Law" Conference. The papers presented included "Equity in Measure for Measure" (David Bevington), "Law, Disobedience, Justification and Mercy" (Diane Wood), "Criminal Responsibility in Shakespeare" (Richard McAdams) and “Shakespeare's Problems with Law” (Richard Strier).

May 6, 2009

Jeremy Epstein is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago where he teaches a seminar about litigating title disputes in art law. He is a partner in the Litigation Group of Shearman & Sterling and, from 1995-2000, served as head of the Litigation Department. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions litigation, securities litigation, antitrust, criminal defense and litigation involving the fine arts. He received his JD from Yale University and his BA from Columbia University. This talk was recorded April 20, 2009 and was sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association.

April 22, 2009

What will the election of Barack Obama mean for the Supreme Court of the United States? To answer this question, it is necessary to understand the current make-up of the Court and its direction. What are the predispositions of the current Justices? What do we mean today by the terms "liberal" and "conservative"? What does it mean to say that a Justice believes in "strict construction," "original meaning," "judicial activism," or "judicial restraint"? How should we assess the competing perspectives on judicial interpretation? And, when the dust settles, what can we expect of the Obama Supreme Court? Geoffrey Stone is Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded April 14, 2009 as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas lecture series.

April 9, 2009

This discussion, the inaugural event of the International Human Rights Society, explored the role rights discourse can and should play in advocacy for renewed efforts towards immigration reform under the Obama administration. Adam Cox and Rosalind Dixon are Assistant Professors of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

March 25, 2009

This panel, which discussed new clinical strategies and methods, featured Craig Futterman (Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School), Stephen Wizner (William O. Douglas Clinical Professor, Yale Law School), Marc Kadish (Director of Pro Bono Activities, Mayer Brown), and Michael Pinard (Professor of Law, University of Maryland Law School). It was recorded February 23, 2008, as part of the Mandel Clinic's 50th Anniversary Symposium.

March 11, 2009

This conference panel, recorded November 22, 2008 at the Law School's "Speech, Privacy, and the Internet: The University and Beyond" conference, features Visting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School Anupam Chander (“Youthful Indiscretion in an Internet Age”), Professor of Law and Walter Mander Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School Lior Strahilevitz, ("Rehabilitating Online Reputation"), and Loftus Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School Frank Pasquale (“Reputation Regulation: Rationalizing Internet Intermediary Responsibility").

February 26, 2009

Omri Ben-Shahar is Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded February 17, 2009 as the annual Ronald H. Coase Lecture in Law and Economics.

February 13, 2009

In this talk, subtitled "A Dialogue about Political Philosophy and the Judge's Role," Professor Nussbaum discussed her "capabilities approach," a normative approach to basic political principles that has implications for how constitutions should be both written and interpreted. Judge Wood approached the topic pragmatically, asking to what extent a judge could really use such a normative approach of this sort, and what the consequences might be. Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School. Diane P. Wood is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Chicago’s Best Ideas, a lecture series begun in honor of the University of Chicago Law School’s Centennial, highlights the intellectual innovations of the School’s distinguished faculty. This talk was recorded on February 2, 2009.