The 1787 Project is the podcast version of the lectures for Professor Justin Dyer's socially-distanced class on the U.S. Constitution at the University of Missouri. Running from August 2020 - May 2021, the course is about how the U.S. Constitution of 1787 frames the way we organize our life together as a political community. Published twice a week, the episodes explore who gets to decide big questions of public policy and why, analyze the design of our national political institutions and the contested boundaries between them, and look at the structure of constitutional rights.
The Meaning of Sex in Federal Law
In our final episode for the course, we conclude our section on Equal Protection by considering ongoing legal and political debates about the meaning "sex" in federal anti-discrimination statutes including the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A Quasi-Suspect Classification
This episode explores how the Supreme Court has addressed sex-based discrimination claims in Equal Protection analysis.
Gratz and Grutter
This episode gives a brief overview of the 2003 cases of Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger, the first major Supreme Court cases about the use of race in university admissions since the 1968 Bakke case.
Equal Protection in University Admissions
This episode takes a close look at the case of University of California v. Bakke (1978), which sets the general analytic framework for the Supreme Court's subsequent series of cases on the use of race as a factor in university admissions decisions.
Civil Rights and State Action
In the Civil Rights Act of 1875, Congress sought to prevent discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of race, but the Supreme Court declared that to be beyond the scope of Congress' power under Section V of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Separate But Equal
Turning now to the Equal Protection Clause, we consider in this episode the background that lead to the case of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and the way the Supreme Court addressed that precedent in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
I love listening to this podcast. It is very informational, and gives a good brief overview of the constitution.
Great review of the Constitution. Can’t wait for next installment.
Great resource for understanding the US Constitution
Justin Dyer does an amazing job translating one of the more popular courses at the University of Missouri into an easy to understand, and rich distillation of the US Constitution for anyone and everyone. I will certainly be sharing this will and friends or family who want to understand what is really going on behind the scenes in so many major debates in the US.