Law Prof. Cheryl Harris to analyze the history of affirmative action during talk at U-M's Detroit Center

October 9, 2006

DEARBORN / Oct. 9, 2006---Cheryl I. Harris, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, will analyze the history of affirmative action and comment on the aftermath of the affirmative-action reversal in California during a lecture hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn at U-Mís Detroit Center on Monday, Oct. 23.

The discussion, titled ďAfter Affirmative Action?Ē is free and open to the public. The talk begins at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 103 at U-Mís Detroit Center, which is located at 3663 Woodward Ave. on the ground floor of Orchestra Place.

The event is co-sponsored by UM-Dearbornís African and African American Studies Program, Center for Arab American Studies, the Difficult Dialogues initiative, the Womenís and Gender Studies Program at UM-Dearborn and the Detroit branch of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

Harris teaches courses in constitutional law, civil rights, employment discrimination and critical race theory.  She began her teaching career at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1990 after more than a decade in practice that included criminal appellate and trial work and municipal government representation as a senior attorney for the city of Chicago.

Harris, who served several years as co-chair for the National Conference of Black Lawyers, was a key organizer of several major conferences both in South Africa and in the United States that helped establish a dialogue between U.S. legal scholars and South African lawyers during the development of South Africa's first democratic constitution in 1994.

She is the author of leading works in critical race theory including the essay Whiteness as Property published in the Harvard Law Review. Her work has most recently has focused on race, equality and the Constitution through the re-examination of Plessy v. Ferguson and Grutter v. Bollinger.

For more information about Harrisí talk at the U-M Detroit Center, contact Gloria House, associate professor of humanities and director of the African and African American Studies Program, at 313-593-5366.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakersí views.


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