Affirmative Action: Should Universities Consider Race in Admission?

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Sep 17
4:30pm - Monday, November 17, 2014 6:00pm
MacMillan 117

Randall Kennedy and Stuart Taylor, Jr.

This year's Constitution Day Lecture is hosted by the Political Theory Project Visiting Professor Steve Calabresi (Northwest Law). Constitution Day Lectures examine how the US Constitution has shaped American culture, American lives, and the place of the United States in the world.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear two cases involving the use of race in college admission processes has brought the issue of affirmative action to the forefront. This year's Janus Constitution Day Lecture features Stuart Taylor, Jr. (Journalist; Author, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It) and Randall Kennedy (Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School) discussing whether use of race in university admission policies violates the Constitution's equal protection clause.

 Constitution Day Lecture came about through a federal mandate which requires that universities receiving public funds sponsor intellectual activities on the United States Constitution each year on September 17th.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Political Theory Project at Brown University. Additional funding provided by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Jack Miller Center.

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