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Monday January 27
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Constitutionalizing Black Inequality
Brown v. Board of Education is one of the most celebrated cases in United States constitutional history. In the popular imagination, the case marks a dichotomy between a “then”—a moment in which the Supreme Court constitutionalized Black inequality—and a “now”—a moment in which that inequality is no longer constitutionally sanctioned. In this Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture, Devon Carbado, professor of law at UCLA’s School of Law, will disrupt this dichotomy. With specificity, he will highlight some ways in which the Supreme Court continues to constitutionalize Black inequality and argue that Black lives still do not matter in the domain of constitutionally legitimate forms of state violence.
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Tuesday January 28
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The #MeToo Movement: The Legacy of Black Women's Testimonials
Allyson Hobbs, director of African and African American Studies at Stanford and an associate professor of history at Stanford University, will explore themes from her upcoming book on the history of Black women's testimonials in the wake of the the #MeToo movement.
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Wednesday January 29
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Living Machines: How the Next Tech Revolution Will Change Our Lives
A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of revolutionizing new technologies which changed the world and the human experience. Today, says Susan Hockfield, former president of MIT and world-renowned neuroscientist, we are on the cusp of a new convergence where discoveries in biology are converging with engineering to produce an array of almost inconceivable next-generation technologies with the potential to be as paradigm shifting as the twentieth century’s wonders: Virus-built batteries. Protein-based water filters. Mind-reading bionic limbs. Cancer-detecting nanoparticles. Computer-engineered crops. Together they highlight the promise of the technology revolution of the twenty-first century which might just enable us to overcome our greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges.
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Thursday January 30
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
How to Think About The Development of Democracy Today
IIt is hard to be an optimist about democracy today. Indeed, many believe that democracy is in crisis, if not inevitable decline, and that "illiberal" democracies like Hungary or some form of authoritarianism, as exists in Russia or China, is the wave of the future. Sheri Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University, asserts that assessing the current state of democracy requires looking beyond our immediate situation and thinking carefully about how democracy has historically developed. By reviewing democracy's backstory, particularly in Europe, Berman will pull out some lessons to better understand what is going on in the world today.
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Event registration summary
Devon Carbado:
Dinner
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$20.00
Allyson Hobbs:
Dinner
0
$20.00
Susan Hockfeld:
Dinner
0
$20.00
Sheri Berman:
Dinner
0
$20.00
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$0.00
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