February 16, 2018
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Friday, February 16

8:00 – 8:30am: Breakfast for everyone and Registration for Teachers

8:30 – 9:00am: Welcome by Dean Farnsworth and Setting the Stage by Sanford Levinson

9:00 – 12:15pm: On "Introducing" Constitutional Law--and the Casebooks We Use to Do That. A host of editors of leading casebooks on the US Constitution will address two central questions: 1. What aspects of the Constitution should American undergraduates and/or law students be “introduced” to in 2018, given the high unlikelihood that even the law students will actually "practice" constitutional law in any capacity other than citizens? 2. What do you see as the principal point(s) of your own casebook relative to whatever answer you gave to the first question? Each person will make a short presentation, followed by presumably intense conversation including participation by the audience. There will be a brief break around 10:30 Panelists: Josh Blackman, Erwin Chemerinsky, Richard Fallon, Mark Graber, Gary Jacobsohn, Sanford Levinson, Pam Karlan, Mark Tushnet Chair: Richard Albert Location: Francis Auditorium

1:45-2:00pm: Introduction to the general topic of civic education (and the remaining panels): Meira Levinson

2:00 – 3:30pm: Historical Perspectives. As educators and citizens try to make sense of contemporary political and ideological divisions in the United States, it can be useful to see how educators and policy makers addressed profound division and civic upheaval in the past. This panel brings together historians of education to provide perspectives and insights into prior approaches to civic education in times of upheaval. Panelists: Jarvis Givens, Julie Reuben, Jonathan Zimmerman Chair: Lorraine Pangle Location: Sheffield-Massey Room

3:50 – 5:35pm: Civic Education in Divided Societies. Partisanship in the United States is at higher levels than we’ve seen in decades, and increasingly tracks other divides such as education level, income, and place of residence. Not only are we more extreme in our beliefs, therefore, but we are also more likely to be disconnected from those who have different perspectives. We are not the only country to face profound civic division, however; nor is this the first time that the United States finds itself ideologically driven. This panel brings together scholars and educators who work around the globe in deeply divided countries. Panelists: Michelle Bellino, Thea Abu El-Haj, Michael Karayanni, Adam Strom Chair: Michael Stoff Location: Sheffield-Massey Room

Saturday's Conference Schedule can be found here.

Please RSVP to the conference, here.

Note: Teachers can get Continuing Education credit through the State Bar of Texas. Please pre-register with the RSVP and register in front of the desk at TNH 2.111.

Faculty Colloquia Series:
  • Sanford V Levinson
    W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair and Professor of Government, University of Texas
Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
  • Prospective students
  • Texas Law alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • General public

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.