PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: March 22, 2004
Legal scholar to discuss segregation
DEARBORN---Paul Finkelman, a specialist in American legal history, race
and law, will give two talks on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus
next month as part of the Text In Community series, sponsored by the Office
of the Provost.
Finkelman will present "Brown v. Board of Education: America's Most
Revolutionary Supreme Court Decision" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
7 in Room 1072 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.
He will follow that presentation with "Affirmative Action for the
Master Class: Understanding the Proslavery Constitution and its Implications
for Reparations" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8 in Room 1030 of the
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.
Finkelman, who teaches constitutional law and American legal history,
is the Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa
College of Law. Before joining Tulsa in 1999, he was the John F. Seiberling
Professor of Law at the University of Akron law school. He also has taught
at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Hamline University, the University
of Miami, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Brooklyn Law School and the University
Finkelman was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School.
He received his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago.
He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including
A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States;
Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson;
Baseball and the American Legal Mind and American Legal History: Cases
His most recent publications include Defending Slavery: Proslavery
Thought in the Old South and Landmark Decisions of the United States
Supreme Court, with Melvin I. Urofsky.
Finkelman also was an expert witness in the case where a federal court
ordered the removal of a granite monument of the Ten Commandments put
in place by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
The Text in Community series, which is free and open to the public, is coordinated by the Office of the Provost to engage the campus community in discussions with authors whose writings focus on significant current or emerging issues.
For more information, call Maggie Martin, assistant to the vice chancellor
of academic affairs, at (313) 593-5030.