Friday, January 27, 2017
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is pleased to announce that the University of Chicago's Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Geoffrey R. Stone, will deliver the 2016-17 Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture.
Geoffrey R. Stone joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1973 after serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He later served as Dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1994 and Provost of the University of Chicago from 1994 to 2002. Stone is the author of many books on constitutional law, and his next book, "Sex and the Constitution," will be published in March 2017.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the America Law Institute, the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. In recent years, he has served as Chair of the Board of the American Constitution Society.
Lecture synopsis: For much of recorded history, Western society, drawing heavily on Christian doctrine, condemned homosexuality as sinful degeneracy and defined marriage as only between one man and one woman. These religious beliefs and the secular laws that enforced them evolved over many centuries. In recent decades, however, social and political attitudes in the United States and, ultimately, understandings of the United States Constitution brought about profound and often highly controversial changes in our national values and principles. In this lecture, Professor Stone will trace the story of how all this occurred, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Supreme Court of the United States. It is a story about how society, and the law, transform over time.