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ISGMH Inaugural Keynote Lecture with Kenji Yoshino

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM Central

Where: Arthur Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium, 375 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Beth Ann Hamilton   (312) 503-0049

Group: Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH)

Category: Academic


ISGMH is delighted to announce that our Inaugural Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We are proud to present this event with the support of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

The Keynote Lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 2:30 – 4:00pm. It will be held at Thorne Auditorium, Rubloff Law Building, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL. Following the lecture, a reception will take place from 4:30 – 6:00pm at the Stonewall Reception Space, 625 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL.

This lecture will be streamed on BlueJeans for those who wish to join remotely.


Yoshino will be giving a talk titled “LGBT or TLGB?: Lessons from Trans-First Jurisdictions.” Learn more below:

In most jurisdictions where LGBT rights have flourished, civil rights movements have progressed from gender to sexual orientation to gender identity. The path is so well trodden that it could appear necessary that sex equality and LGB equality come before trans equality. Yet some jurisdictions (such as Iran) have taken a different path, articulating ostensibly trans protective measures without guaranteeing gender-based or orientation-based equality. This lecture will argue that certain kinds of trans protections exist not in spite of, but in part because of, enduring forms of inequality on the basis of sex and sexual orientation. After looking to these case studies, it will consider the implications for U.S. discourse on LGBT rights.

This event will begin with a performance by operatic soprano ALEXA GRÆ.


Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar) and Yale (JD), he specializes in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. He is the author of three books: Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights; A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice; and Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial. Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He makes regular appearances on radio and television programs, such as NPR, CNN, PBS and MSNBC. In 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers for a six-year term (serving as President of that body in the 2016-17 academic year). He also serves on the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice and on the External Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion for the World Bank Group. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award in 2016, and an honorary degree from Pomona College in 2018.

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