February 10, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 10

History Colloquium Hosts Guinier

Lani Guinier, whose 1993 nomination to the US Justice Department touched off a national debate on affirmative action, will be the featured speaker at the 2004 Black History Month Colloquium on Feb. 11.

Guinier, who is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard University, will present the lecture "The Miner's Canary" at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100. Her appearance also is being sponsored as part of the Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.

The title of her talk comes from her 2002 book, co-authored with Gerald Torres, which discusses the complex relationship between race and power in America and proposes ways of fostering "a truly participatory democracy" for people of all races.

Nominated by President Clinton to head the US Justice Department Civil Rights Division, Guinier encountered strong reaction to her views on the civil rights of minorities - a controversy that led to Clinton withdrawing her nomination.

Guinier later published a memoir, Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice, and has continued writing extensively on civil rights and equal justice. In 1998, she became the first black woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School.

The 2004 Black History Month Colloquium is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call ext.2-2323 for more information.

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