Faculty Podcast

Akbar Ganji: "Solutions to the Problem of Gender Discrimination in Islam"

Gender inequality in a variety of forms exists in all religious traditions. Contemporary Muslims in order to solve this problem and reconcile their religious heritage with the modern world have proposed various solutions to this dilemma. This talk will examine these proposed solutions as well as assess the strengths and weakness of these approaches.

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Sarah Barringer Gordon, "The Spirit of the Law: Separation of Church and State from 1945-1990"

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to welcome Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at Penn Law School, for the 2010 Fulton Lecture in Legal History.

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Conference on Gender, Law, and the British Novel: Keynote Panel

This panel, which featured a talk by Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski novels, and discussion by Nicola Lacey of the London School of Economics and Law School faculty Martha Nussbaum and Alison LaCroix, was part of a conference on Gender, Law, and the British Novel that was held at the University of Chicago Law School on May 14-15, 2010.

Participating faculty: 
Martha C. Nussbaum
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Alison L. LaCroix
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Karl Llewellyn, "Elements of the Law - Introductory Lecture"

This lecture by famed legal scholar Karl Llewellyn, who joined the Chicago law faculty in 1951, was recorded on October 18, 1957, by Peter Clarke, AB '56, JD x'59. Picking up where he left off in his classic Bramble Bush lectures, Prof. Llewellyn provides an introduction to law school and the legal profession in the Class of 1959's first Elements of the Law class.

Amartya Sen, Keynote Address at Conference on Creating Capabilities: Sources and Consequences for Law and Social Policy

This conference, organized by James Heckman, Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pollak, examines a variety of conceptions of human capability, including the Human Development and Capabilities Approach in relation to the recent literature on the economics, neuroscience, and psychology of human development in order to enrich both fields.

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Anup Malani, “Is it Possible to Interpret Statutes 'Objectively?'"

Anup Malani is Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This Chicago's Best Ideas talk was recorded May 1, 2010 at the Law School's annual Reunion celebration.

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Anup Malani

Thomas E. Perez, "Advancing Equal Opportunity for All: Civil Rights in 2010 and Beyond"

Our nation has undeniably made great progress toward fulfilling the promise of equal opportunity and equal justice.  But our remarkable achievements are milestones along the path rather than the culmination of our journey.  Discrimination and bigotry persist in blatant forms - burned crosses, burned churches, hate-fueled assaults - and in subtle, yet equally devastating, forms.&n

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M. Todd Henderson, "Unsafe Harbors"

Most of what we think about as "law" involves a background rule that conduct is legal with an exception for what lawmakers define as illegal. But there are several other ways in which law is made. The most obvious is the concept of a "safe harbor," where the background rule is that conduct is illegal with an exception for what lawmakers define as legal.

Participating faculty: 
M. Todd Henderson

Geof Stone, "OT 1972: A Year With Justice Brennan"

In 1972-73, Geoffrey Stone served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. The 1972 Term was an eventful one for the Supreme Court, resulting in landmark decisions in such areas as obscenity, equal protection, abortion, and criminal procedure.

Participating faculty: 
Geoffrey R. Stone
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Richard Epstein, "Can the United States Survive Health Care Reform?"

The recent health care bill represents what is likely to turn out to be the most comprehensive health care reform ever, Medicare included. Yet many of its provisions were included in the last minute without serious discussion or debate. And those provisions that have been in all versions of the bill since the outset are likely to have profound, if unintended consequences.

Participating faculty: 
Richard A. Epstein
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