History is naturally an important part of public meaning originalism.
This weekend the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism will be holding its Ninth Annual Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference. Over time, this conference has grown. Our aspiration, which I believe we have largely met, has been to bring many of the leading scholars of originalism to San Diego in February to discuss cutting-edge works on originalism. The conference attempts to provide a balance as to important matters concerning originalism, including theoretical papers from both advocates and critics of originalism and papers that interpret constitutional provisions.
This year the papers are as follows:
1. Jack Balkin (Yale), Arguing about the Constitution: The Topics in Constitutional Construction
Commentator: John Harrison (Virginia)
2. Justice Thomas Lee (Utah Supreme Court) & James Phillips (Becket), Data-Driven Originalism
Commentator: Stanley Fish (Florida International University)
3. Thomas Merrill (Columbia), Legitimate Adjudication
Commentator: Michael McConnell (Stanford)
4. Christina Mulligan (Brooklyn), Diverse Originalism
Commentator: John McGinnis (Northwestern)
5. Richard Primus (Michigan), Enumerated Powers and the Bank of the United States
Commentator: Randy Barnett (Georgetown)
6. Eric Segall (Georgia State), Originalism as Faith
Commentator: Christopher Green (Mississippi)
7. David Upham (Dallas), Taking American Citizenship Seriously and the Recovery of the Fourteenth Amendment
Commentator: Kurt Lash (Richmond)
The Conference will be videotaped and will be put on line in the Spring. For last year’s conference, see here.