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Fall 2020 Reading Group

Racial Justice and the Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

There will be no paper or exam, and students will be graded credit/no credit.

This reading group will explore a variety of scholarly perspectives on racial justice and the law, with a focus on understanding and overcoming the obstacles to greater and more equal opportunity in U.S. systems and institutions. We will discuss how different analytical and practical approaches apply to contemporary challenges in our criminal justice, employment, educational, and other systems. And we will discuss the past and present roles of incremental reform, transformative change, backlash, and retrenchment. The question throughout will be: what is the best path forward for racial justice?

Note: This reading group will meet approximately every other week for two hours. Specific dates are 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, and 11/19.