Events

Martha Nussbaum Discusses Her Book "Monarchy of Fear" with Aziz Huq at the Sem Co-op

10/10
Add to Calendar 2018-10-10 18:00:00 2018-10-10 19:00:00 Martha Nussbaum Discusses Her Book "Monarchy of Fear" with Aziz Huq at the Sem Co-op

Martha Nussbaum discusses Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at our Political Crisis. She will be joined in conversation by Aziz Huq, the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

About the book: For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her attention to the current political crisis that has polarized American since the 2016 election. Although today’s atmosphere is marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness bubbles into resentment and blame. Blame of immigrants. Blame of Muslims. Blame of other races. Blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame is exemplified by the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum, left or right. Drawing on a mix of historical and contemporary examples, from classical Athens to the musical Hamilton, The Monarchy of Fear untangles this web of feelings and provides a roadmap of where to go next.

About the author: Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, which is regarded as the most prestigious award available in fields not eligible for a Nobel. She has written more than twenty-two books, including Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions; Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice; Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities; and The Monarchy of Fear.

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Seminary Co-op Bookstore 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 United States
Participating faculty: Martha C. Nussbaum Aziz Z. Huq

Private and Public Executive Power

10/12
Add to Calendar 2018-10-12 08:15:00 2018-10-13 11:45:00 Private and Public Executive Power

Business and government executives share many of the same challenges, as both are increasingly called upon to solve new social problems. Questions inevitably arise about allocations of power, the legitimate scope of authority, organizational form choice, and mechanisms of accountability. At the same time, these private and public domains are often siloed and studied as separate phenomena. This two-day conference will gather scholars and practitioners from law schools, business schools and social science departments to cross those boundaries.  

In the public arena, connecting the inquiries becomes ever more urgent in light of the recent establishment of a White House Office of American Innovation, which promises to gather business leaders to reform government from within. In the private arena, businesses must respond to new pressures from changing ownership structures, activist funds, venture capitalists, and sophisticated banks. In doing so, they have increasingly looked to strategies such as entity partitioning and committed minority stakes that implement public organizational ideas like checks-and-balances. This event will address how far these analogies can and should go.

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Faculty Workshop (Room 203)
Participating faculty: Anthony J. Casey Jennifer Nou

Faculty Masterclass in San Francisco

10/16
Add to Calendar 2018-10-16 12:00:00 2018-10-16 14:00:00 Faculty Masterclass in San Francisco

Join Professor Justin Driver for a discussion of his new book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind.

Registration will open soon.

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University Club of San Francisco 800 Powell Street San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
Participating faculty: Justin Driver

Autumn Break

10/22
Add to Calendar 2018-10-22 08:30:00 2018-10-23 17:00:00 Autumn Break - University of Chicago Law School blog@law.uchicago.edu America/Chicago public


Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq at Sem Co-op: "How to Save a Constitutional Democracy"

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Add to Calendar 2018-10-23 18:00:00 2018-10-23 19:00:00 Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq at Sem Co-op: "How to Save a Constitutional Democracy"

Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq discuss How to Save a Constitutional Democracy. They will be joined in conversation by William Howell. A Q&A and signing will follow the event.

About the book: Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump marked a decisive turning point for many. What kind of president calls the news media the “enemy of the American people,” or sees a moral equivalence between violent neo-Nazi protesters in paramilitary formation and residents of a college town defending the racial and ethnic diversity of their homes? Yet, whatever our concerns about the current president, we can be assured that the Constitution offers safeguards to protect against lasting damage—or can we?

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy mounts an urgent argument that we can no longer afford to be complacent. Drawing on a rich array of other countries’ experiences with democratic backsliding, Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq show how constitutional rules can either hinder or hasten the decline of democratic institutions. The checks and balances of the federal government, a robust civil society and media, and individual rights—such as those enshrined in the First Amendment—do not necessarily succeed as bulwarks against democratic decline. Rather, Ginsburg and Huq contend, the sobering reality for the United States is that, to a much greater extent than is commonly realized, the Constitution’s design makes democratic erosion more, not less, likely. Its structural rigidity has had the unforeseen consequence of empowering the Supreme Court to fill in some details—often with doctrines that ultimately facilitate rather than inhibit the infringement of rights. Even the bright spots in the Constitution—the First Amendment, for example—may have perverse consequences in the hands of a deft communicator, who can degrade the public sphere by wielding hateful language that would be banned in many other democracies. But we—and the rest of the world—can do better. The authors conclude by laying out practical steps for how laws and constitutional design can play a more positive role in managing the risk of democratic decline.

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Participating faculty: Tom Ginsburg Aziz Z. Huq

Alumni Wine Mess in Minneapolis

10/25
Add to Calendar 2018-10-25 16:30:00 2018-10-25 18:30:00 Alumni Wine Mess in Minneapolis

The University of Chicago Law School invites you to attend a Wine Mess for alumni in Minneapolis. Hors d'oeuvres and beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served.

Registration will open soon.

Note: This event was rescheduled from the postponed event on August 2.

For special assistance, please contact Andrew Epps.

Special thanks to our hosts Mark Johnson, '03, and Greene Espel PLLP.

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Greene Espel PLLP 222 South Ninth Street, Suite 2200 Minneapolis, MN 55402 United States

Legal Scholarship Workshop: Yaron Nili, University of Wisconsin Law School

10/29
Add to Calendar 2018-10-29 16:00:00 2018-10-29 18:00:00 Legal Scholarship Workshop: Yaron Nili, University of Wisconsin Law School

Horizontal Directors

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Room A
Participating faculty: Lisa Bernstein

Legal Scholarship Workshop, Avishalom Westreich, The College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel

11/5
Add to Calendar 2018-11-05 16:00:00 2018-11-05 18:00:00 Legal Scholarship Workshop, Avishalom Westreich, The College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel

Present-Day Posthumous Fertilization and Traditional Levirate Marriage: Two Types of Interaction

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Room A
Participating faculty: Lisa Bernstein

Winter Quarter Bidding/Initial Registration Period

11/12
Add to Calendar 2018-11-12 12:00:00 2018-11-15 12:00:00 Winter Quarter Bidding/Initial Registration Period - University of Chicago Law School blog@law.uchicago.edu America/Chicago public


Legal Scholarship Workshop: Meirav Furth, University of Chicago Law and Ecomomics Fellow

11/12
Add to Calendar 2018-11-12 16:00:00 2018-11-12 18:00:00 Legal Scholarship Workshop: Meirav Furth, University of Chicago Law and Ecomomics Fellow

Bargaining in the shadow of the contract

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Room A
Participating faculty: Lisa Bernstein