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Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

November 11-13, 2015

Schooled: Race and Ethnicity in Education


Randall L. Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations.  He is the author of numerous books, including For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013), The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011), Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002), and Race, Crime, and the Law (1997).  Kennedy also writes for range of scholarly and general interest publications, including American Prospect, The Nation, and The Boston Globe.  He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States.  In addition, he is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, as well as a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.


Linda Chavez is chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a non-profit public policy research organization dedicated to promoting a “colorblind society.”  Chavez writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country and is a political analyst for FOX News Channel.  She is the author of Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation (1991) as well as a memoir, An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal (2002), and she was editor of the prize-winning journal American Educator, published by the American Federation of Teachers.  She has held numerous appointed positions, including service on the National Commission on Migrant Education and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and she was President George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor in 2001 until she withdrew her name from consideration.  


Dr. Nolan L. Cabrera is an assistant professor in University of Arizona’s College of Education, where he studies race, racism, Whiteness, and the racial dynamics on college campuses.  He was recently featured in the MTV documentary White People.  He is also deeply involved in the controversy over Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Program, and his empirical work on the subject explores the educational efficacy of this dismantled program.  Dr. Cabrera earned his PhD from UCLA, and he is a graduate of Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (2002).  Prior to his doctoral work, he was the Director of a Boys & Girls Club in the Ravenswood City School District.  He is originally from McMinnville, Oregon.


Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

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