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Speakers for Program, “Crusader for the 18th Amendment”

Please plan to attend the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library program, Crusader for the 18th Amendment: Wayne B. Wheeler, Temperance and the Volstead Act, on Wednesday, April 3rd from 4pm–5:30pm in the Moot Court Room (A59).

Our speakers will discuss the Temperance movement and its transition in Ohio from a female-led effort for moral reform to a male-led political effort. Focus will turn to Wayne B. Wheeler, an alumnus (1898) of Western Reserve Law School and of Oberlin College, who would become the very incarnation of the Prohibition idea to the nation at that time. The Volstead Act, which was enacted to carry out the intent of the 18th Amendment (which established prohibition in the United States) and was conceived and drafted by Wheeler, will also be examined.

Carol Lasser is Professor of History at Oberlin College and has written widely on women and gender in nineteenth-century America. Her publications include: Educating Men and Women Together: Coeducation in a Changing World (1987); Friends and Sisters: Letters between Lucy Stone and Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 1846-1893 (Coeditor, with Marlene D. Merrill, 1987); “Performing Abolition: African American Women at Antebellum Oberlin and the Quest for Emancipation,” in Kathryn Kish Sklar and James Brewer Stewart, eds., Women’s Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation (Yale University Press, 2007); and “Voyeuristic Abolitionism: Sex, Gender and the Transformation of Antislavery Discourse,” in Journal of the Early Republic, 28 (Spring 2008). She is completing, with Stacey Robertson, Antebellum American Women: Private, Public, Political, under contract with Rowman and Littlefield. She has worked with Gary Kornblith as editor of the Textbooks and Teaching section of the Journal of American History; a selection of articles from this endeavor is appearing as Teaching American History: Essays Adapted from the Journal of American History, 2001-2007 (Boston Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2008). Also with Gary Kornblith, she is working on Elusive Utopia: A History of Race in Oberlin, Ohio, a book manuscript in progress

Robert Longsworth is Emeritus Professor of English at Oberlin College, where he taught for thirty-seven years (1964-2001) and served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for ten years (1974-84). He received the A.B. degree from Duke University (1958) and the Ph.D. from Harvard (1965). Trained as a medievalist, he is the author of several journal articles and three books: The Cornish Ordinalia: Religion and Dramaturgy (1968), The Design of Drama (1972), and A Decade of Campus Language at Oberlin College: Obie-Speak (2003). He has also written an unpublished history of the Oberlin English Department.

Jonathan Entin is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, David L. Brennan Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science. He has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Courts, Public Policy, and Social Change, and a Supreme Court Seminar. Before joining the faculty in 1984, he clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (when she was on the U.S. Court of Appeals) and practiced in Washington with Steptoe & Johnson. The recipient of several teaching awards and a former co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, he is at work on a book about equal protection. Among his recent publications are “An Ohio Dilemma: Race, Equal Protection, and the Unfulfilled Promise of a State Bill of Rights,” Cleveland State Law Review (2004), and “Judicial Selection and Political Culture,” Capital University Law Review (2002).