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Speaking Engagements This Week

On Monday I’ll be speaking before the ACS chapter at Yale Law School on the topic, “What Has Lawrence Meant? Litigation and LGBT Rights on the Tenth Anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas.”  The presentation will be in Rm. 129 from 1-2 p.m.

On Tuesday I’ll be speaking at Minnesota State University-Mankato on “The Role of the First Amendment at a Public University,” a talk occasioned by a recent controversy at the school over the presence of a Chick-Fil-A on campus.  I’ll be giving the talk twice. once from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and a second time from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Both will be in Morris Hall, Rm. 101. [...]

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Speaking Engagements This Week

This week I’ll be discussing my new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, at two different venues. On Thursday, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice will sponsor a speech at Harvard Law School from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Details are available here

On Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., I’ll be speaking in Washington, D.C. at the bookstore Politics & Prose.  Andrew Sullivan will offer commentary.  Details about that event are available here. [...]

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NYT Sunday Book Review of “Flagrant Conduct”

In today’s Times Book Review section, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David Oshinsky reviews my new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas.  I promise not to make a habit of posting these notices, but I’m quite honored by his review, as I have been by several other recent reactions to the book. [...]

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Review of Flagrant Conduct in the New York Review of Books

Georgetown Law Professor David Cole has a terrific review of my new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas (Norton) in the April 5 issue of the NYRB. Cole presents the basic background, including what likely happened the night John Lawrence and Tyron Garner were arrested for the crime of “Homosexual Conduct,” a Texas law that forbade oral and anal sex for same-sex couples but not for opposite-sex couples. A similar Georgia law had been upheld in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), which the Lawrence Court reversed.  Cole notes that it was unusual enough for the Court to recognize its own error:

But for it to happen in a mere seventeen years, the equivalent of a nanosecond in the “Jarndyce and Jarndyce” tempo of constitutional law, is nothing short of extraordinary. The story of how it happened is one of the great success stories of public interest law. It shows what a carefully orchestrated litigation campaign can do when supported by a passionate and growing social movement. At the same time, it offers a cautionary tale for the current controversy over the recognition of same-sex marriage, which may soon be headed, prematurely, to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas devoted a scant paragraph to an anodyne description of the facts of the case, barely mentioned the defendants, and described their alleged conduct only as “a sexual act.” The Court was evidently more at ease with the nuances of constitutional jurisprudence than with the messy details of the case. Dale Carpenter’s Flagrant Conduct fills in the gaps, and provides a rich, meticulous, and fascinating account of the most important constitutional decision so far on the status of gays and lesbians in American society.

Unlike the Court, Carpenter revels in the factual details and the

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Speaking Engagements for Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas

Over the next couple of months I will be on an active speaking tour for my new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, which has just been published by W.W. Norton & Co

Of perhaps greatest interest to readers of this blog are a couple of events coming up soon.  This Friday, March 16, I’ll be in Washington speaking at lunchtime at the Cato Institute, with commentary by Washington Post editor Charles Lane, and moderated by Cato’s David Boaz.   The following Thursday evening , March 22, I’ll be in New York speaking at the Institute for American Values, hosted by Elizabeth Marquardt, Director of the Center for Marriage and Families.

Both events are open to the public and free of charge, but require pre-registration at the links above. [...]

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