Jennifer Tucker, associate professor of history, is organizing a conference titled “Firearms and the Common Law Tradition” to be held at the The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., Sept. 14-15. Tucker also is associate professor of environmental studies, associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies and associate professor of science in society.
Topics will include “The Uses of Guns,” “Laws Regulating Carriage of Guns,” “Guns and the Supreme Court: The Influence of History,” and “Guns and Constitutional Rights.”
In addition to paper presenters, who include all of the historians who consulted on the Supreme Court decisions, for both sides, about 25 leading historians, legal scholars, and curators of historic firearms collections will attend, including guests from the Buffalo Bill Museum, Autry Museum of the American West, Smithsonian, NRA Museum and Leeds Armouries. Nina Totenberg from NPR will be moderating a lunch conversation which will be public and streamed, explaining how history has been mobilized in the judicial arguments.
Wesleyan’s Richard Slotkin, Olin Professor of English, Emeritus, and John Finn, professor of government, are planning to attend.
The conference, which is hosted by The Aspen Institute, is supported with funds from Stanford University and Wesleyan University.