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The Sewanee Symposium

Incorporating Equality: The First 150 Years of the Fourteenth Amendment

Featuring – David W. Blight, Annette Gordon-Reed, and other leading constitutional scholars

September 15–17
The University of the South
Sewanee, Tenn.

Scheduled Presenters

Eric Foner is the Dewitt Professor of History at Columbia University. A celebrated historian of the Reconstruction era, Dr. Foner has published works such as Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877, Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, the last of which won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes for 2011. The University of the South is pleased to welcome Dr. Foner and to hear his insights on the 15th amendment and beyond.

Hank Klibanoff, Director of the Journalism Program at Emory University, joins the symposium as a scholar and practitioner of journalism. His book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History.  Before joining the Emory Faculty, Mr. Klibanoff was the managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

William Francis Kuntz serves as a District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Kuntz was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in 2011. Prior to this judicial commission, he was a partner at Baker Hostetler in New York City, where he specialized in commercial and labor litigation. Judge Kuntz brings a unique synthesis of history and law to the symposium. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. in American history from Harvard University.  

Gloria Browne-Marshall, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), is a scholar of Race, Gender, and Law. Ms. Browne-Marshall practiced law with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Her most recent book “Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present” deals with the focus of our symposium, Voting Right.

Michael Klarman is the Kirklan and Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dr. Klarman has written extensively on the race and justice, including the Bancroft Prize-winning From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality. The University of the South welcomes Michael Klarman and looks forward to his discussion on the Fifteenth Amendment.

Tracy Campbell is a professor of 20th Century U.S. social and political history at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Campbell has published books on  a wide range of issues, including Deliver the Vote: A history of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition, 1741-2004. Dr. Campbell has worked to connect history with current policy debates, and we are excited to have him in Sewanee.

Richard Hasen teaches on election law and campaign finance regulations. Professor Hasen co-founded and co-edited the Election Law Journal and is the author of over 100 journal articles. Sought after by numerous news outlets such as the New York Times and Washington post, Professor Hasen keeps election law relevant with this “Election Law Blog.”