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                    A Conversation on Race featuring Dorothy Roberts

            "Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business

                                  Re-create Race in the 21st Century"


                                                    Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1 pm

                              Borg Warner Auditorium, Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems


On Thursday, November 10, please join the University of Michigan-Dearborn in welcoming Dorothy Roberts, a noted scholar, author, and researcher as the keynote presenter for A Conversation on Race. The event will begin at 1:00 pm in the Borg Warner Auditorium of the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems.

An acclaimed Professor in the Department of African-American Studies and Sociology for Northwestern University Law School, Ms. Roberts area of expertise lies within the realms of race as it pertains to biotechnology, child welfare policies/practice, as well as legal/political correlations.

Her most recent publication entitled Fatal Intervention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, will be the focus of her keynote presentation. 

About Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (courtesy), and as a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and faculty affiliate of the Joint Center for Poverty Research. She received her B.A. from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, motherhood, and child welfare.

She is the author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997), which received a 1998 Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), which received awards from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, as well as the coauthor of casebooks on constitutional law and women and the law. She has published more than fifty articles in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. She also serves as member of the board of directors of the Black Women's Health Imperative and the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and as a member of an expert panel overseeing foster care reform in Washington State.

Professor Roberts is also a frequent speaker at university campuses, public interest organizations, and other public forums on topics such as race and sex equality, reproductive rights, welfare reform, and child welfare policy. She is currently conducting research on the community-level effects of the spatial concentration of child welfare agency involvement in African American neighborhoods and on race-based biotechnologies.


About A Conversation on Race

The Conversation on Race: Voices of a New Generation program is an ongoing series designed to promote open, honest discussion about racial issues from past to present and is supported by the Student Activities Office and the Chancellor's Office. As we continue to examine key issues significant to the progression of our community, you are welcome to take part in today's program. Many individuals have found past CORs to be very relevant to experiences in various settings, as well as daily on/off campus interactions.

For more information on this and future diversity related events, please contact the Student Activities Office at 313.593.5390.

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