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“Serving the Dream”
Lani Guinier to give ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
Noted author and educator Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will give the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching. The lecture, titled “Serving the Dream,” is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, titled “Serving the Dream,” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching on The College Green.
A prominent author, educator, and lecturer, Guinier is known for her expertise on voting rights, democratic theory, law and social change, and race and gender issues. A graduate of Radcliffe College and Yale Law School, she served as special assistant to Drew S. Days, assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division during the Carter administration. During the 1980s she headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
In 1993, Guinier received national attention when she was nominated by President Clinton to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. When her views on proportional democratic representation and voter participation stirred controversy, her nomination was withdrawn without a confirmation hearing. Guinier reflected on the experience in her personal and political memoir Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice (1998).
Guinier was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for a decade prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 1998 – when she became the school’s first African American woman appointed to a tenured professorship. Her numerous publications include The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy (1994); Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change (1997); and The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (2002). Her writing has appeared in a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications, including The American Lawyer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, and The New York Times. She is a trustee of the Open Society Institute and a member of the American Law Institute.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture was established in 1996, when former New York Mayor David Dinkins was the inaugural speaker. Past lecturers include Hugh B. Price, president and CEO of the National Urban League; Lee Mun Wah, community therapist, poet, and the maker of the film The Color of Fear; Elizabeth Martinez, Chicana activist and author of Des Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century; William Julius Wilson, sociologist and author of The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics; Jane E. Smith, president and CEO of the National Council of Negro Women Inc.; Johnnetta B. Cole, professor emerita of Emory University and president emerita of Spelman College; and Randall Kennedy, professor of law at Harvard Law School and author of Race, Crime and the Law and Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity and Adoption.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The Salomon Center is handicap accessible, and technical assistance is available for the hearing impaired. Those with special needs who plan to attend should contact the University at least 48 hours prior to the event by calling the Office of Special Events at (401) 863-2474 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or, after business hours, Brown Public Safety at (401) 863-3322.