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Thursday, March 1, 2007

4-5 pm Keynote Speaker---Graham Chapel Assembly Series ­ Open to Public
Michael A. Wolff, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Missouri
Race, Law, and the Struggle for Equality: Missouri Law, Politics, and the Dred Scott Case
5:15 Bus departs for Old Courthouse (Dred Scott Symposium Speakers only)
6-7 Reception at Old Courthouse (Open to Public ­ Registration necessary)
7:00 Bus departs for Whittemore House (Dred Scott Symposium Speakers only)
7:30-9 Supper at Whittemore House (Dred Scott Symposium Speakers only)
Welcome: Dean Kent Syverud, Washington University Law

Friday, March 2, 2007

8-8:30 Welcome Coffee/Light Refreshments ­ Foyer, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
8:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks: David Konig, Washington University
8:45-10 Session I: Emancipation and Memory
Moderator/Commentator: Michael Les Benedict, Ohio State University
  • Adam Arenson, The Local Impact of the Dred Scott Case: 1857-2007
  • Louis Gerteis, The Legacy of the Dred Scott Case: The Uneven Course of Wartime Emancipation in Missouri
  • James Simon, Lincoln, Taney, and Their Place in History
  • Lea VanderVelde, The Real Dred and Harriet Scott: Unsung Heroes in Their Own Right(s)
10-10:15 Break
10:15-12 Session II: Foundations of Personhood
Moderator/Commentator: Eric Claeys, Saint Louis University
  • Austin Allen, The Legacy of Substantive Due Progress
  • Dennis Boman, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas on the Founders and Slavery
  • Cheryl Harris, Enforced Belonging: Race, Nation & Citizenship from Dred Scott to the Fourteenth Amendment
12-1:30 Lunch ­ Speakers to the Knight Center
Public: Please see available options on campus on information table.
1:30-2:45 Session III: Ambiguities: Race, Property, and Personhood
Moderator/Commentator: Mitch Crusto, Washingtin University Law
  • Daniel Hamilton, The Dred Scott Case, Emancipation and the Rise of the Fifth Amendment
  • Silvana Siddali, Human Property
  • William Wiecek, Emancipation & Equality: The Thirteenth Amendment & the Law of Personal Status
2:45-3 Break
3-4:30 Session IV: Judicial Lessons, Learned and Ignored
Moderator/Commentator: Jack Greenberg, Columbia Law School
  • Duane Benton, Lessons Learned from the Missouri Supreme Court’s Role in the Dred Scott Case
  • Joseph Hylton, From Taney to Hughes: Dred Scott in the United States Supreme Court, 1857-1934
  • Alexander Tsesis, The Unalienable Core of Citizenship
6 Cocktail Hour and Supper at Seven Gables Inn (Closed event for Speakers)

Saturday, March 3, 2007

8-8:30 Welcome Coffee/Light Refreshments ­ Foyer, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
8:30 Introduction, Opening Remarks ­ Chancellor Mark Wrighton
8:45-10 Session V: Law and Legitimacy
Moderator/Commentator: Davison Douglas, Marshall-Wythe Law School
  • Mark Graber, The Other Also Exists: John Brown & the Problem of Constitutional Evil
  • Lewis Perry, Civil Disobedience and the Struggle Against Slavery
  • Michael Zuckert, Legality & Legitimacy in the Dred Scott Decision
10-10:15 Break
10:15-12 Session VI: Law and the Problematics of Achieving Justice
Moderator/Commentator: Annette Gordon-Reed, New York Law School
  • Alfred Brophy, Realizing Reparations: Of Monuments and Memory
  • Cecil Hunt, No Right to Respect: Justice Taney, Dred Scott, and the Legacy of White Innocence
  • Leland Ware, Dred Scott and the Enduring Marks of Inferiority
12-1:30 Lunch ­ Speakers and invited Public School Teachers to the Knight Center
Public: Please see available options on campus on information table.
1:30-2:30 Session VII: Roundtable: Turning Scholarship into Citizenship -- The Ivy Tower, the Courts, and the Education of Citizens
Kenneth Winn, Missouri State Archivist
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4 Session VIII: Judicial Roundtable
Moderator: Duane Benton, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Stephen Limbaugh, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • William Ray Price, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Mary Russell, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Laura Denvir Stith, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Richard Teitelman, Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Michael Wolff, Supreme Court of Missouri
4-4:30 Keynote Closing Remarks: Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School
4:30-5:30 Reception, John M. Olin Library: Ginkgo Reading Room
Display of original Freedom Suit petitions of Dred and Harriet Scott to the Missouri Circuit Court (1846)
Open to Public ­ Registration required
The John M. Olin Library is Washington University’s main library facility. The Ginkgo Reading Room is on the main level (Level 1) on the east side of the building. The entrance is off the Grand Staircase Lobby and is immediately opposite the entrance to Special Collections. The Scott petitions will be displayed in the Special Collections Reading Room (no food or drink allowed in this area). The reception will be in the Ginkgo Reading Room.
6-8 Supper and Symposium Reflection ­ Knight Center (Closed event for Speakers)