Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, and one of our nation's leading constitutional scholars, joins our own Jon Grand for a discussion of Professor Stone's new book, Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century. This event is free and open to the public.
The twentieth century gradually saw the emergence of bitter divisions over issues of sexual "morality" and sexual freedom. Fiercely determined organizations and individuals on both the right and the left wrestled in the domains of politics, religion, public opinion, and the courts to win over the soul of the nation. With its stirring portrayals of Supreme Court justices, Sex and the Constitution reads like a dramatic gazette of the critical cases they decided, ranging from Griswold v. Connecticut (contraception), to Roe v. Wade (abortion), to Obergefell v. Hodges (gay marriage), with Stone providing vivid historical context to the decisions that have come to define who we are as a nation.
Praise for Sex and the Constitution:
"Sex, which has simultaneously inspired and eluded regulation through the ages, has been the focus of many of our greatest constitutional controversies. No one is better suited than the always erudite and lucid Geoffrey Stone to provide the panoramic treatment that the subject deserves. Unless you are the rare person who has no interest in either the Constitution or sex, you will want to read this book." --David Cole, author of Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law
"This masterpiece is the rarest of combinations: a page-turner that is also a magisterial font of wisdom." --Laurence H. Tribe, author of I
"A volume of lasting significance that quickly will become essential reading not only for law students and scholars but for all who want to better understand sweeping cultural transformations that continue to roil society." --Lee C. Bollinger, president, Columbia University
"This fascinating account of how sexual mores, religion, and law have intersected or--more often--collided throughout American history is really about even more than that. It's about the role of law in maintaining a civil society in a diverse twenty-first-century America, and a call to the Supreme Court to step up to the challenge." --Linda Greenhouse, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection
A “volume of lasting significance” that illuminates how the clash between sex and religion has defined our nation’s history (Lee C. Bollinger, president, Columbia University).