10th Anniversary Celebration

This page contains streaming videos from the Williams Institute Tenth Anniversary Celebration and Annual Update Conference on April 8 & 9, 2011. 

L to R: Williams Institute Founder Chuck Williams, UCLA Law Dean Rachel Moran, Williams Institute Executive Director and Assistant Dean Brad Sears

 

In April 2011, the Williams Institute celebrated its Tenth Anniversary and Annual Update Conference. Bringing together the country’s leading experts in the fields of employment discrimination, parenting, health disparities, marriage and social movements, the Annual Update Conference featured groundbreaking dialogue between experts both within and outside the field of LGBT law and policy took place.

 

 

 

Conference Panels

LGBT Health and the 2011 Institute of Medicine Report (*includes welcome and opening remarks)

A growing body of evidence documents substantial health disparities among the LGBT population. The Institute of Medicine recently convened a group of prominent scholars to consider how to improve research that will improve these disparities. This panel reflects on the findings from this process and discussed how to improve LGBT health through better research.

Panelists:
Susan Cochran, Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health
Daniel Gould, Deputy Director, LGBT Health and Human Services Network, Equality California
Gregory Herek, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis (*not included in video)
Nan Hunter, Professor of Law, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Georgetown Law
Stephen T. Russell, Professor, Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair, Norton School Family and Consumer Sciences, Director, Frances McClelland Institute Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona
Moderated by Mark A. Schuster, William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School  

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LGBT Parenting: Child Development and Family Structure   

Leading experts on LGBT parenting discuss research on the children of lesbian parents and the psychological health of children raised in gay families. The role of lawyers in presenting this research in the courtroom and in the legal system are discussed, as well as the legal analysis of studies indicating that children raised in gay families are more likely to be gay or bisexual themselves.

Panelists:
Nanette Gartrell, Williams Institute Visiting Distinguished Scholar, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
Charlotte J. Patterson, Professor of Psychology and in the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, University of Virginia
Clifford J. Rosky, Associate Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
Moderated by Nancy D. Polikoff, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law  

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Beyond Gay Rights: Lessons From Other Social Movements

This session explores LGBT rights from a social movement perspective. Turning outward to other movements sheds light on the possibilities and limitations of LGBT rights activism. Panelists consider what the LGBT rights movement can learn from other movement experiences and from the scholarly analysis of social movements.       

Panelists:
Scott Barclay, Program Director, Law and Social Sciences, National Science Foundation
Christine Chavez, Farmworker Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
David S. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Planning, Policy, and Design, University of California, Irvine
Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry
Moderated by Douglas NeJaime, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School   

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Marriage and Family Scholars Thinking About LGBT Families  

Academic research focusing on marriage and the family rarely considers LGBT issues or same-sex couples and their families. This panel of prominent scholars considers the benefits and challenges to addressing LGBT issues, marriage equality, and same-sex couples more routinely in marriage and family research.

Panelists:
Andrew J. Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold, III, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute
Wendy D. Manning, Professor of Sociology, Director, Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University
Mignon R. Moore, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Anne Peplau, Professor of Psychology, Director, Interdisciplinary Relationship Science Program, UCLA
Moderated by Jennifer Pizer, Legal Director and Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law, The Williams Institute                             

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New Research on LGBT Employment Discrimination

Panelists present findings from the cutting edge of research on discrimination, including the most recent studies based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Topics included the effectiveness of public policy in reducing discrimination, as well as the next generation of discrimination research that branch out from the focus on wage differences by sexual orientation.

Panelists:
M.V. Lee Badgett
, Professor of Economics, Director, Center for Public Policy & Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jody Herman, Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute
Marieka M. Klawitter, Associate Professor, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Kristen Schilt, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
Moderated by Chai R. Feldblum, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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Closing Keynote: LGBT Data: Politics, Policy, & Practice

Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates presents groundbreaking data on the LGBT population in the United States. As the nation’s leading demographer on the topic, his presentation follows the recent release of a new Williams Institute study estimating the LGBT population in the United States at 9 Million.

Featuring:
Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute
With Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry