Tanya Hernandez, Fordham Law

Discrimination in Latin America

Date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014
Location: 
12:15 PM, Robertson Hall, Bowl 2

Please join us for the third presentation in the "Thinking about Race on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act:  Looking Backwards, Forwards, and at the Present" lunch series.  Professor Tanya Hernandez of Fordham Law will present, "Discrimination in Latin America."  

This event is open to Princeton students, faculty and fellows. 

As lunch is provided, we require reservations.  Please RSVP to jrivkin@princeton.edu.

As in Latin America, the racial justice movement in the United States today has reached an important turning point. While the formal mechanisms for addressing racial inequality have long been in place, there is a growing societal belief that it is no longer necessary for the government to be proactively engaged in ensuring racial equality. A racial hierarchy continues to exist alongside a deteriorated social commitment to race-based programs. Moreover, the Americas now centrally share a rhetoric of racial progress uttered in the midst of systemic racial hierarchy. Because Latin America is a region that has long claimed that all racial distinctions were abandoned with the abolition of slavery, a comparison to the Latin American racial democracy version of “post-racialism” is an instructive platform from which to assess the viability of contemporary assertions of post-racialism in the United States – a rhetoric that contends that racism has already been largely transcended. Tanya Hernandez author of "Racial Subordination in Latin America," will discuss how examining the Latin American racial context “can provide insights for U.S. African Americans who are today having to confront the mainstream’s assumptions concerning ‘the end of racism’ in a post-Civil Rights U.S. society."

Tanya K. Hernandez  is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches Comparative Employment Discrimination, Critical Race Theory, The Science of Implicit Bias and the Law: New Pathways to Social Justice, and Trusts & Wills. She received her A.B. from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Note Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Hernandez was awarded a Non-resident Faculty Fellowship at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality for 2011-2013. She has previously served as a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; and as an Independent Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2011, Hernandez was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and in 2009 she was elected to the American Law Institute.  Hispanic Business Magazine selected her as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics of 2007. Hernandez serves on the editorial board of the Latino Studies Journal published by Palgrave-Macmillian Press. Hernandez’s scholarly interest is in the study of comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law, and her work in that area has been published in the California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal amongst other publications.  Her most recent publication is the book "Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response," (Cambridge Univ. Press) (http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6865338/?site_locale=en_US), and its Spanish translation, "La subordinación racial en Latinoamérica: El papel del Estado, el derecho consuetudinario y la nueva respuesta de los derechos civiles" (Siglo del Hombre Editores,  Ediciones Uniandes, Colección Nuevo Pensamiento Jurídico, Bogotá Colombia, 2013) (http://www.siglodelhombre.com/shop.asp).

 This event is cosponsored with the Program in Latin American Studies, the Center for African American Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs