Title

Race, Class and Meritocracy

Document Type

Video File

Publication Date

1-24-2007

Abstract

Harvard Law School professor Lani Guinier, a distinguished scholar, teacher and civil rights advocate, spoke at Clark University on "Race, Class and Meritocracy." This free, public lecture was a part of Clark's recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Guinier served as assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In July 1998, she became the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship in the history of Harvard Law School, where she is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law.

Guinier has spoken and written widely about issues of race, gender and democratic decision-making. Her latest book, "Meritocracy, Inc.: How Wealth Became Merit, Class Became Race and Higher Education Became a Gift from the Poor to the Rich" will be released in 2007 by Harvard University Press.

This event was supported by the Clark University President's Office and the Office of Academic Affairs.

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