Ken Mack, Harvard University

Representing a Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer

Fri, 04/30/2010
1:00 PM, Dickinson 210
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Copies of the paper are available outside the American Studies office, 42 McCosh Hall.

Please join us for a luncheon workshop entitled "Representing a Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer," with Professor Ken Mack of Harvard University.

Ken Mack is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since the 2000-01 academic year.  In 2008-09 he will be Co-Director of the Annual Workshop, entitled “Race-Making and Law-Making in the Long Civil Rights Movement,” at the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University.  He teaches courses on Property Law, American Legal History, Civil Rights History and the Legal Construction of Racial Identity.  His research currently deals with civil rights and the social construction of race and professional identity in American law.  He is the author of a number of scholarly articles, and is completing a book entitled Representing the Race: Creating the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1920-1955, to be published by Harvard University Press.  Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. studies in history, he was a law clerk for Federal District Judge Robert L. Carter of the Southern District of New York, as well as a trial and appellate litigator at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  During the first national elections in post-apartheid South Africa, he served as co-area director of election monitoring for the United States and Canada.  Before turning to law, he pursued a career as an Electrical and Computer Engineer where he designed Computer Integrated Circuits at A.T. & T. Bell Laboratories.

The Workshop in American Studies brings together students and faculty from the wide range of departments that contribute to the Program in American Studies. By encouraging a diversity of topics from researchers from a variety of departments, we hope the Workshop highlights the advantages of the "in-between" disciplinary space that American Studies inhabits at Princeton. Our goal is to provide a forum where presenters can receive feedback from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives and participants can be exposed to new methodologies and new topics for research. Moreover, we hope to foster a community of advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who share in the common project of researching the American experience.

The format of the workshop is that the speaker introduces the paper for ten minutes and then we open up the floor to questions.  .

This event is cosponsored with the Workshop in American Studies.