Recent court decisions in the Trayvon Martin case, on racial profiling, and on voting rights challenge us to think critically about the status of race as an instrument of social organization, and the role the law plays in constructing that status. Is race-consciousness the sickness or is it the cure?Sponsored by the James Baldwin Lecture on Literary and Social Criticism, Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, and the Collaboration Project.
Guest speaker Jamal Greene is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, the First Amendment, federal courts, and constitutional theory. Professor Greene’s research focuses on the structure of legal and constitutional argument. He is the author of more than 25 law review articles and book chapters, with works appearing in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Columbia Law Review, among numerous other publications. He is a frequent media commentator on the Supreme Court and constitutional law, having appeared on Charlie Rose, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in numerous print publications. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Professor Greene served as an Alexander Fellow at New York University School of Law. Professor Greene has served as a law clerk to the Hon. Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Greene is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.
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