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SF: Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar - Exclusive Talk on America's Constitution

Talk Title: “The Law of the Land: America’s Written and Unwritten Constitution.” Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.


In this talk, Professor Amar will summarize his three panoramic books on the American constitutional experience--America's Constitution: A Biography (2005); America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (2012); and his newly released book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic.   

His talk will pay particularly close attention to the ways in which geography, federalism, and regionalism have influenced some of the biggest questions in American constitutional law—for example,  how Abraham Lincoln’s ideas about secession were influenced by his Midwestern upbringing and outlook, and how certain key states have played an outsized role in the electoral college over the centuries.  Closer to home, Professor Amar will also discuss Justice Anthony Kennedy’s rich vision of constitutional equality.  Is it a mere coincidence that  the Republican appointee on the current Supreme Court who has most consistently embraced gay rights is someone who grew up here in Northern California, a corner of the country renowned for its respect for alternative lifestyles?

This talk is open to all Yalies. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by Yale GALA, Yale Black Alumni Association, and YaleWomen of Northern California

Date:               Tuesday, April 28 

Time:              6:30 – 8:30 pm


Place: The New Conservatory Theater

25 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 


Transport: 10 min walk from the Civic Center BART / 2 min walk from the Van Ness Muni station


Event: Reception and Faculty Talk

                        Book signing after the talk


Speaker: Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Visiting Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School


Title: The Law of the Land: America's Written and Unwritten Consitution


Timing: Professor Amar’s talk will begin at 7:30 pm

If you purchase Professor Amar's the The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic book, you will have the opportunity to get it autographed after the talk


BUY TICKETS (and copies of The Law of the Land) HERE! 

(Members are allowed to bring a guest at the member price) 

Early Bird Admission (purchased before April 14):
With book purchase* Without book purchase*
YCSF Member $20 $5
Non-Member $30 $10
Regular Admission:
With book purchase* Without book purchase*
YCSF Member $25 $10
Non-Member $35 $15


Extra Books (purchased prior to the event - must be picked up at the event):

Members: $15

Non-members: $20


At the Door:

Regardless of Membership Status:

$20 admission

$25 book purchase (if in stock) 

* Retail book price: $29.99

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