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Dobbs and Democracy: Melissa Murray

A year ago, in June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022), addressing whether the Constitution protects the right to an abortion.

New York University law professor and reproductive rights scholar Melissa Murray will discuss the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)—concluding a federal right to seek an abortion —and its implications for American democracy at the upcoming Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture, 6-7:15 p.m., Nov. 1 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the M.D. Anderson Library.

About the Distinguished Speaker

Melissa Murray is a leading expert in family law, constitutional law, and reproductive rights and justice. Her research focuses on the legal regulation of intimate life. It encompasses such topics as the regulation of sex and sexuality, marriage and its alternatives, the marriage equality debate, the legal recognition of caregiving and reproductive rights and justice.

The lecture will be live streamed and archived for viewing after the event.

About the Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series

richard-gelwickThe Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series was created to honor the memory of Dr. Richard Gelwick. Gelwick encouraged the exploration and discovery of how science, faith and reason can help improve solutions to challenging public policy issues. An ordained minister and scholar, Dr. Gelwick addressed the dilemma of combining modern medical science with religious values and human needs in his life work. The Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series brings nationally prominent speakers annually to the University of Houston to discuss the importance and meaning of ethics in society.

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Honors & Awards

The Polanyi Society



Gelwick Family Donates $100,000 to Expand Ethics in Society Lecture Series

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs has received a generous donation for the Richard Gelwick Endowed Lecture Series. Allen Gelwick, son of Rev. Dr. Richard Gelwick, has given $100,000 to further the purpose and reach of the important lecture series. The Gelwick gift will be matched by the Hobby School of Public Affairs for a total contribution of $200,000. Read more.



Sue Collins with the Gelwick Family and Jim Granato