"Race, Class & Community: Democratizing Higher Education in America" with Professor Lani Guinier on Feb. 16, 2016


"Race, Class & Community: Democratizing Higher Education in America"


Professor Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard University 

Moderated by Professor Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The conversation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Camera setup will take place from 3-4 p.m. 


Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and to media, with registration. Members of the working press may complete our registration form for access to cover the event.

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About the speaker: 

Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She became the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at the Harvard Law School. Before her Harvard appointment, she was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she had been on the faculty for ten years. Professor Guinier worked in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and then headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1980s. She has published scholarly articles and books including "The Tyranny of the Majority" (1994), "Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School and Institutional Change" (1997) with co-authors Michelle Fine and Jane Balin, "Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice" (1998), and "The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy" (2002) with co-author Gerald Torres. Her latest book is "The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America" (2015). In her scholarly writings and in op-ed pieces, she has addressed issues of race, gender, and democratic decision-making, and sought new ways of approaching questions like affirmative action, while calling for candid public discourse on these topics. Guinier's leadership on these issues has been recognized with awards and honorary degrees, including from Smith College, Spelman College, Swarthmore College and the University of the District of Columbia. Her teaching was honored by the 1994 Harvey Levin Teaching Award from the graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the 2002 Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence from Harvard Law School.


Monday, February 15, 2016