Please join us for a discussion with three leading scholars of American culture and law about the challenges to affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme court.
Danielle Allen is the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author of The World of Prometheus, Talking to Strangers, Why Plato Wrote, and a forthcoming book Why the Declaration of Independence Matters.
Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Race, Crime, and the Law; Nigger; Interracial Intimacies; Sellout; and The Persistence of the Color Line. He is at work on a book about affirmative action policies in the United States.
Nicholas Lemann is Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Under his leadership, the Journalism School has launched significant new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, executive leadership for news organizations, and other areas. Lemann is a staff writer for The New Yorker and has published five books, most recently Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War (2006); The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy (1999), which helped lead to a major reform of the SAT; and The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America (1991), which won several book prizes. He has written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate and worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., Frontline, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC.
The Mellon Lecture Series supports discussions about the relationship between law and the humanities in American culture. This event is co-sponsored by Comparative Literature, American Studies, LAPA, and the Center for African-American Studies.