NEW YORK, NY - March 20, 2012 - The Center for Public Conversation at the Institute for American Values will host a conversation with Dale Carpenter, author of Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas on Thursday, March 22.
Reviewed in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books and excerpted in the Atlantic, Carpenter's book is an impeccably researched history of the events and personalities in the landmark Supreme Court decision that voided state anti-sodomy laws and expanded legal rights to privacy for gays and lesbians. With the legal challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act likely to reach the Supreme Court in the near future, this book arrives at a timely moment. It promises to be one of the most widely consulted books by both sides in the gay marriage debate.
Elizabeth Marquardt, Vice President for Family Studies and Director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, will host the discussion with Carpenter.
The Center for Public Conversation at the Institute for American Values invites leading scholars and public intellectuals to engage on topics that often arouse rancorous disagreement in the public square. Our mission is to listen to arguments and to credit opposing points of view so that we may achieve a better understanding of where and how we may disagree on matters of common concern. Videos of the conversations, including an upcoming video of the Carpenter discussion, can be seen at www.centerforpublicconversation.org.
Dale Carpenter is the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He teaches and writes on constitutional law, the First Amendment and sexual orientation and the law.
He earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Yale in 1989 and received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. Professor Carpenter clerked for The Honorable Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1992-93. After his clerkship, he practiced at Vinson & Elkins in Houston and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco.
He is a frequent television, radio and print commentator. He spent nine years researching and writing Flagrant Conduct.