Love Conquers the Law: One Woman’s Voice Silences DOMA
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00
Temple Performing Arts Center
$12 (plus fees) for public
Free to students who show their OWLcards at the Liacouras Center box office.
Free in the Liacouras Center garage to Alumni Weekend attendees.
Ms. Windsor and Dr. Thea Spyer were engaged for 42 years before marrying in Toronto in 2007. Their romance is chronicled in Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement. When Thea died in 2009, the estate tax – which would not have been imposed had Thea been a man – cost Windsor more than $600,000. She filed a federal suit in New York asserting that DOMA treated her marriage unequally compared with heterosexual marriages. The case took her all the way to the Supreme Court, where on June 26, 2013, DOMA was declared unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause. Ms. Windsor’s role as the plaintiff landed her as a runner-up in the 2013 Time Person of the Year rankings, but this remarkable woman has been blazing her own trail since the 1950s.
A Lunch and Lesson about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Hosted by the CLA Alumni Association
Saturday, April 26
President’s Room-Diamond Club (Mitten Hall)
Please join alumni, students and friends for lunch and a conversation about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prior to the screening and Q&A with Edie Windsor, (CLA ’50). The Women’s Studies Program’s own Aishah Shahidah Simmons will share the history of DOMA, its effect on our society and its defeat in the landmark case United States v. Windsor. Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian activist who is known for her independent documentary films, her work in television, radio and publishing, and her international lectures.
ABOUT THE LEONARD MELLMAN VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Leonard Mellman (CLA, ’49) is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia who has demonstrated his gratitude and dedication to his alma mater since 1972. He is an active member of the College of Liberal Arts Board of Visitors as well as the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association. The Leonard Mellman Endowed Fund for Visiting Scholars provides benefits to students and faculty throughout the College of Liberal Arts by exposing them to leading lecturers from a variety of disciplines annually. The program has brought world-renowned scholars including David Oshinsky, Robert Reischauer, Robert Musil, David Sorensen, John Prendergast, Neil Oxman and Eric Foner to campus. More about Leonard Mellman.