RESCHEDULED: Reparations: The Future of the Debate

Adrienne Davis, Washington University Law

Tue, 05/12/2009
12-1:20 PM
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event
By Invitation Only
 This event has been rescheduled from May 5

"Reparations: The Future of the Debate" is a Spring semester lunch series that is co-sponsored with the Center for African American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. The sessions will be conversations, rather than public lectures. For each session, a brief reading will be made available in advance, and a Princeton faculty member will serve as the facilitator by posing a few opening questions.  

It would be helpful (though not necessary) if you let Kim Girman know if you plan to attend, or 258-5496.

"The Law and Philosophy of Reparations"

Adrienne Davis is the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University Law School, where she teaches contracts, trusts & estates, and a variety of upper-level legal theory courses, including sex equality, law and literature, and slavery.  Her scholarship emphasizes the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery. She also does work on feminist legal theory and conceptions of justice and reparations.  She is recipient of two grants from the Ford Foundation, the first to explore black women and labor, and the most recent administered through Brandeis University's Feminist Sexual Ethics Project to research women, slavery, sexuality, and religion.  In 2001 Davis was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center.  Davis is currently serving her second term as a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. She is past chair of the Law and Humanities Section of the Association of American Law Schools and has been on the editorial boards of Law and History Review and Journal of Legal Education. She is the co-author of the book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America (NYU Press), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.  Prior to joining the faculty in January 2008, Davis served as the Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina and was a professor and co-director of the Gender, Work & Family Project at Washington College of Law, American University.  Davis graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School and clerked for Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Tera Hunter is a scholar of U. S. history, with specializations in African-Americans, gender, labor, and the South. She is particularly interested in the history of slavery and freedom. She is currently writing a book on African-American marriages in the nineteenth century. Her first book received several prizes including the H. L. Mitchell Award from the Southern Historical Association, the Letitia Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women’s Historians, and the Book of the Year Award from the International Labor History Association.  She was a Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2005-2006. She received her B. A. from Duke University and Ph.D. from Yale University.

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