Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The original purpose of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments was to eliminate institutional barriers to educational opportunity for women and girls. As the doors of opportunity swung open, female students rushed through, outperforming their male counterparts at nearly all educational levels. Yet today Title IX rules—especially those on sexual harassment and transgender rights—are more controversial than ever. That is because federal regulation under Title IX has morphed into a far more ambitious effort to counteract gender stereotypes held by all of us—students, faculty, and the public at large. Shep Melnick, professor of American Politics at Boston College, will describe how this change took place and why it has often produced perverse results.
R. Shep Melnick is the Tip O’Neill Professor of American Politics at Boston College and co-chair of the Harvard Program on Constitutional Government. He is the author most recently of “The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education” (Brookings, 2018). His research has focused on the intersection of law, politics, and public policy. His previous books includes “Regulation and the Courts: The Case of the Clean Air Act” (Brookings, 1983) and “Between the Lines: Interpreting Welfare Rights” (Brookings, 1994), which won the 2012 “Lasting Contribution” award from the American Political Science Association’s Law and Courts section. Before joining the political science department at Boston College, Melnick taught at Brandeis and Harvard. He has served as president of the New England Political Science Association and as an elected member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He received both is BA and Ph.D. from Harvard.
Professor Melnick will deliver the Salvatori Center's Lofgren Lecture on American Constitutionalism.
Eduardo Chavez, grandson of legendary civil rights activist César Chávez, screens his film "Hailing César," in which he takes a journey to understand the legacy of his grandfather and what it means today. The film addresses themes of labor rights, Latino empowerment, activism and social justice.
Scion of two revolutionary families, Eduardo Chávez is the grandson of both the legendary civil rights activist Cesar Chávez (on his father’s side) and the Cuban revolutionary Max Lesnik (on his mother’s side). Chávez attended Loyola Marymount University on a golf scholarship and played professional golf following college. He is currently a working actor in Los Angeles. His goal is to bring depth to the portrayal of Latino characters in film, television and other media. He is the co-founder of Latindia Studios.
Food for Thought: Podcast with Eduardo Chavez