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Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality
Start Date: 4/21/2016Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 4/21/2016End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
The staggering string of victories by the gay rights movement’s campaign for marriage equality raises questions not only about how gay people have been able to successfully deploy marriage to elevate their social and legal reputation, but also what kind of freedom and equality the ability to marry may or may not mobilize.

Katherine Franke’s new book, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality turns to history to compare today’s same-sex marriage movement to the experiences of newly emancipated black people in the mid-nineteenth century, when they were able to legally marry for the first time. Maintaining that the transition to greater freedom was both wondrous and perilous for newly emancipated people, Franke relates stories of former slaves’ involvements with marriage and draws lessons that serve as cautionary tales for today’s marriage rights movements.

Katherine Franke is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she also directs the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project. She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory. Her most recent book, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (NYU Press 2015), considers the costs of winning marriage rights for same sex couples today and for African Americans at the end of the Civil War. Professor Franke was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to undertake research for Wedlocked. In addition to her work at Columbia she works regularly in Palestine, most recently serving as an academic mentor for the human rights faculty at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem, and sits on the steering committee of the Academic Advisory Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. She also chairs the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights, based in New York City.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg 115
Contact Information:
Name: Anna Everetts
Phone: (610) 328-7750
Email: aeveret1@swarthmore.edu
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Event Sponsors
Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Departments of Philosophy and Sociology and Anthropology, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
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