Not even Edward Wood could contrive a more unbelievable legal regime than the federal Office of Civil Rights and its Title IX “guidance” for colleges and universities (hence my title above), and there is no one who is more adept at plumbing the depths of this matter than Shep Melnick, the Tip O’Neill professor of politics at Boston College. As it happens, I’m hosting him tomorrow (Monday) at noon at the Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley (in Moses Hall) to talk about his forthcoming book on this subject. The title of his talk will be “Trumping Title IX: The Looming Battle Over the Civil Rights State.”
East Bay readers are invited: it’s free and lunch will be served! (Since it’s Berkeley, naturally we do believe in free lunches. Also the tooth fairy.) Best to register for the event at the IGS website, but not absolutely necessary.
And if you’re not in the area, I recommend you take in the podcast Melnick did with Richard Reinsch at the Liberty Law site. Listen or download here:
Bonus: Shep and me at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire a couple years ago:
P.S. While we’re on this topic, don’t miss Peter Berkowitz’s article about Title IX today at RealClearPolitics. All of this makes you wonder: what is taking the Trump Administration to long to undo this egregious Obama policy?