A Books-in-Progress Symposium

Fifth Annual Shawnee Trail Regional Conference

As part of programming for the 2019 Shawnee Trail Regional Conference on American Politics & Constitutionalism, which is being held this year in Columbia, the Kinder Institute will host a pair of book symposia on March 7, for Boston University Professor of Law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar Linda C. McClain’s The Rhetoric of Bigotry: Controversies over Marriage and Civil Rights, and Boston University Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law James E. Fleming’s Constructing Basic Liberties: A Defense of Substantive Due Process. Space at the symposia is limited, and email Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane,, for details about attending.

The symposium for Prof. McClain’s book-in-progress will run from 1:30-3pm in Jesse Hall 410, and will feature panelists Sonu Bedi, Joel Parker 1811 Professor in Law and Political Science at Dartmouth College; Catherine Rymph, Professor and Chair in the MU Department of History; and Mark Storslee, Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of Stanford University’s Constitutional Law Center. A brief description of Prof. McClain’s The Rhetoric of Bigotry can be found here.

After a brief break, attendees will reconvene at 3:30pm for a workshop of Prof. Fleming’s work, featuring panelists Rigel Oliveri, Isabelle Wade and Paul C. Lyda Professor of Law at MU; Sot Barber, Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame; and Ken Kersch, Boston College Professor of Political Science and the 2017-18 Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute. A brief description of Prof. Fleming’s Constructing Basic Liberties can be found here.

Linda C. McClain received her M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her LLM from New York University School of Law, and she currently serves as Professor of Law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law. Her research interests span the fields of Civil Rights, Family Law, and Religion & Law, and she is the author of The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility (Harvard University Press, 2006); the co-author of What is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family (NYU Press, 2013), with McGill University Prof. Daniel Cere, and Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013), with Boston University Prof. James E. Fleming; and the co-editor, with Southern Methodist University Prof. Joanna L. Grossman, of Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback, 2012). Prof. McClain served during the 2016-17 academic year as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University’s University Center for Human Values, and she is a former faculty fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Safra Center). A full bio for Prof. McClain can be found here.

James E. Fleming received his A.B. in Political Science from University of Missouri, his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He currently serves as The Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He is the author of five books, most recently Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2015), Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues (Harvard University Press, 2013), with Boston University School of Law Professor and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar Linda C. McClain, and American Constitutional Interpretation (4th ed., Foundation Press, 2008), with Princeton University Professors Walter F. Murphy and Stephen Macedo and University of Notre Dame Professor Sotirios A. Barber. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University, Professor Fleming served as Leonard F. Manning Distinguished Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. A full bio for Prof. Fleming can be found here.