Santa Clara University conference on “race, sexuality and social justice” features legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, among others

(The following news release from Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution, speaks for itself.)

SANTA CLARA — The first of three conferences focused on race, sexuality, and social justice from an interdisciplinary perspective will be held at Santa Clara University School of Law on April 13.

The daylong conference will feature some of the nation’s foremost thinkers on race and sexual equality, holding panel discussions on topics including the feasibility of “authentic conversations about difference;” the role of identity and culture in the pursuit of economic justice; next steps in race, sexual orientation and social justice; and family and youth.

Among the distinguished panelists will be john powell, Berkeley Law, a leading scholar and civil rights activist; Gerald Torres of the University of Texas, a former president of the Association of American Law Schools; Shannon Price Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Francie Kendall, a nationally known diversity consultant. 

The event will take place Friday, Apr. 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Santa Clara University School of Law’s Bannan Hall, Room 135.

“We hope that this interdisciplinary conference will identify concrete avenues to combat inequality based on race or sexuality and help movement toward a more just future,” said Stephanie Wildman, professor of law and director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service.

The conference is being convened by Santa Clara University School of Law’s Center for Social Justice and Public Service and the Public Interest and Social Justice Coalition.

Future conferences will be held at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, in fall 2012, and University of Maryland School of Law, in spring 2013.

All attendees must register for the conference. Admission is free for Santa Clara University community members and all students, with box lunch costing $15 due at registration. The cost for other attendees is $80 including a buffet breakfast and box lunch.

Other panelists will include:

Patricia A. Cain, professor, Santa Clara University School of Law.

Adam R. Chang, third-year law student, William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawaii in Manoa); community organizer, Lambda Law Student Association; member, Board of Citizens for Equal Rights.

Martha Ertman, professor, University of Maryland Law School.

Angela P. Harris, professor, UC Davis School of Law; author, Criminal Law: Cases and Materials; Race and Races: Cases and Materials for a Diverse America; Gender and Law; and Economic Justice.

Mignon R. Moore, professor of sociology, UCLA Department of Sociology; author, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women.

Russell K. Robinson, professor of antidiscrimination, race and sexuality law, UC Berkeley School of Law.

Margaret Russell, professor of constitutional and civil-rights law, Santa Clara University School of Law.

Dean Spade, professor of poverty law and law and social movements, Seattle University School of Law; author, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law.

Marc Spindelman, professor of constitutional, family, bioethics, sexual violence and health law, Michael E. Moritz College of Law.

Francisco Valdes, professor of U.S. constitutional law, outsider jurisprudence, law and popular culture, and comparative law, University of Miami.


Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 5:38 AM By JMJ
What ever happened to the Fear of God? Looks as though Pope Benedict could spend the rest of the year here in what used to be the good old USA, correcting his Church ‘leaders’, especially the Jesuits and the ‘catholic’ politicians. +JMJ+

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:00 AM By Dan
I think the tying together of racial justice and “sexual justice” has been a powerfully pesuasive means of advancing the homosexual cause, since, in this argumentation, there is no difference between being born black, say, than being born homosexual. It is a huge challenge of Catholic thinkers to dismantle this artifice or see fall the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of the country and a period of unparalleled loss of faith and persecution of the remaining faithful. I fear faithful priests will be the first to go at the hands of bishops who will support the Barbara Johnsons ready to take them down. In the end this loss of faith will hurt the Jesuits as well.

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:05 AM By lisag
I get it. They are on fire for their ideals of social change and justice. They need to support each other in their desire to change the world and justify their existence. I would dare say humility is not in their resume. What’s wrong with Faith, Hope and Charity? They will not find their “truths” in the Truth of the Lord.

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:34 AM By Jo Ann Reyes
Dear God, I believe there is only a remnant left in our church. God save us.

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:02 AM By JLS
Illicit is like bringing authentic cuban cigars into the USA from Mexico; valid is like they are Cuban cigars.

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:04 AM By Bob
I’m sure they’re having the conference at a Jesuit university so the resident Jesuits can instruct them on Church teachings, right? What I don’t see is anyone from LMU-must be an oversight.

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:04 AM By Catholic Joe
You could say–It’s a Jesuit school so antics like this are up their heretical/scandalous alley. Or, take it up one notch and ask–wasn’t the purpose of Catholic higher education to form Catholic Leaders to effectively impact culture for the sake of Christ? Confused schools for a confused society is all you get from Santa Clara and it’s Jesuit collegiate kin.

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:31 AM By OneoftheSheep
How about a speaker versed and steeped in the teachings of our holy Catholic Church with regard to the Theology of the Body. It’s not new thought. John Paul II gave these talks back in 1978. Would it not be time to see if Santa Clara has had a chance to study the catechisis?promote the catechisis?live the catechisis? Perhaps, then, and only then, would there we an understanding of the gift of the body and its resemblance to the trinitarian love that is nowhere evident in the lesbian agenda. Santa Clara, we mourn for your loss of faith and we pray for your gift to the church of an obedient heart, a loving spirit, and adherence to the life giving teachings of our church. Waiting.