The Program on Constitutional Government: “The Perilous Quest for Equal Results in Academia”
The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard, a JMC partner program, will host Amy Wax for a Lunch Speakers Series lecture on the destructive effects of the quest for equal results. Professor Wax argues that this quest sacrifices truth and productive academic discourse.
Friday, April 26, 2019 • 12:00 PM
CGIS Knafel Building, Room 354 • Harvard University
Amy Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her work addresses issues in social welfare law and policy, as well as the relationship of the family, the workplace, and labor markets. By bringing to bear her studies in biomedical sciences, appellate practice, and economic analysis, she has developed a unique approach to problems in her areas of expertise. Professor Wax has published widely, addressing liberal theory and welfare work requirements, as well as the economics of federal disability laws. Her most recent book, Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century (Hoover Institution Press/Rowman & Littlefield), was published in 2009. Professor Wax has received the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course and the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. As an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court.
The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University was founded in 1985 by Harvey Mansfield and William Kristol, and has been guided since then by Mansfield and R. Shep Melnick of Boston College. The Program promotes the study of the U.S. Constitution and its principles, combining the fields of political theory and American government. It brings visiting professors to Harvard, invites guest speakers, and supports postdoctoral fellowships. The Program also seeks to improve the access of Harvard students to political debate by ensuring that the principle of diversity is not confined to favored classes of Americans, but extended to political opinion, since it is the interest of all that both sides be heard.
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