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Porter Wright Symposium

Property and Subordination: A Symposium

The Porter Wright Symposium on Law, Religion and Ethics

The University of Dayton School of Law invites you to attend the 2017 Porter Wright Symposium on Law, Religion and Ethics. The Symposium, "Property and Subordination," will be held Friday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Mathias H. Heck Courtroom in Joseph E. Keller Hall.

In this Symposium, we will consider how property law, both in theory and practice, has contributed to the subordination of particular groups of people. While most of the participants are legal scholars, the Symposium brings together a wide range of scholars with varying academic interests.

The Symposium is free, and no registraton is required. There is limited seating, and lunch break is on your own. Shuttle service begins at 8 a.m. in Lot U1 and runs continuously throughout the event.

For more information, contact Nan Holler-Potter at or call 937-229-4676.

Featured speakers

Keynote speaker:
Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, speaking on “Slavery, Property and Social Death”
Speakers in Order of Presentation (Each speaker will talk for about 20 minutes and allow time for questions):
Eduardo Peñalver, Allen Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, speaking on “Slavery, Exclusion and the ‘Essence’ of Ownership”
Eric Claeys, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, speaking on “Slavery and Property: A Comment on Conceptual Methods and Slavery and Social Death”
Claire Priest, Baldwin Professor of Law, Yale Law School, speaking on “The Centrality of Slaves as Collateral in Colonial Credit Markets”
Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost, William Van Cleve Professor of Law, Washington University, speaking on “Slavery, Caste and Conceptions of Justice”
Bernadette Atuahene, Professor of Law, Chicago Kent College of Law, speaking on “Dignity Takings and Dignity Restoration”
Al Brophy, Judge John Parker Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, speaking on “Property and Proslavery Thought in the American Judiciary and Academy”
June Carbone, Robina Chair in Law, Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, speaking on “Race and the Meaning of an Ownership Interest in American Life”
Eleanor Brown, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law; Professor of Law, George Washington University, speaking on “From Furs to Farmers Who Were Enslaved: What Can Demsetz Tell Us About Slave Property Ownership?” 
Blake Watson, Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law, speaking on "Buying America from the Indians"

School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760