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The Supreme Court and Race

Stated Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Welcome: Lawrence D. Bobo (6 min.) is the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He holds appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of African and African American Studies. His research focuses on the intersection of social inequality, politics, and race. He is a founding editor of the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, published by Cambridge University Press. He is co-author of the award winning book Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (Harvard University Press, 1997, with H. Schuman, C. Steeh, and M. Krysan) and senior editor of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000, with M. L. Oliver, J. H. Johnson, and A. Valenzuela). His most recent book Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion, and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute (Harvard University Press, 2006, with M. Tuan) was a finalist for 2007 C. Wright Mills Award. He is currently working on the “Race, Crime, and Public Opinion” project. His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2006.
Introduction: Randall L. Kennedy (2 min.) is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on the intersection of racial conflict and legal institutions in American life. Kennedy first joined Harvard Law School in 1984 as Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals Judge Skelly Wright from 1982 to 1983 and for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1983 to 1984. Kennedy is the author of Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (Pantheon Books, 2008), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity and Adoption (Pantheon Books, 2003), Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (Pantheon Books, 2002), and Race, Crime, and the Law (Pantheon Books, 1997). Kennedy’s works have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, American Lawyer, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Ohio State Law Journal, among others. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1998.
Speaker: Michael J. Klarman (32 min.) is Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. An expert on constitutional law and constitutional history with a particular focus on race, he was formerly James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law as well as the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Research Professor and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she was on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Klarman is the author of Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007), Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History (Oxford University Press, 2007), and From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (Oxford University Press, 2004), which received the Bancroft Prize in History. Klarman’s articles have appeared in leading law journals including the Michigan Law Review, The Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, and the Supreme Court Review. He also comments frequently in such publications as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, and Time. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009.

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