Previous Public Talks and Events

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Speaker: Eduardo Bonilla Silva
Post Race? Interrogations, Provocations & Disruptions Lecture Series
Paper: Racism, New Racism, and Color Blindness in Post-Racial Obamerica
Location: McMillan Café, McMillan Hall
ProfileDuke University  
Event co-sponsored with American Culture Studies Program in the College of Arts & Sciences and is supported in part through funding from the Office of the Provost: Diversity and Inclusion Grants. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013


University of Michigan School of Law
Topic: Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality
Book signing immediately following 

Co-Sponsors: Assembly Series; Association of Women Faculty; Brown School; Law, Identity & Culture Initiative; Office of the Provost; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Law & Social Work Society; and Women’s Law Caucus 

Friday, October 11, 2013



Speaker: Kyla Wanzana Tompkins
LIC Workshop Series: Joel Chandler Harris' Biopolitical Fictions
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Co-sponsored with American Cultural Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences 

Thursday, October 10, 2013 


Speaker: Kyla Wanzana Tompkins
Public Lecture: Hearty and Happy and with a Lively Yeasty Soul: Feeling Right in Louisa May Alcott's The Candy Country
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Danforth University Center, Room 276
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Co-Sponsored with American Cultural Studies in the College of Arts and & Sciences    

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Speaker: Cathy Cohen
Post-Race? Interrogations, Provocations & Disruptions Lecture Series
 University of Chicago
Topic: "Race, Sex, and Neoliberalism in the Age of Obama"
Location: Anheuser-Busch Hall, Strauss Classroom (No. 404)

Co-Sponsored by Washington University School of Law: Law, Identity and Culture Initiative and Department of Political Sciences.    

Monday, March 4, 2013


Speaker: Tanya Erzen
Profile: University of Puget Sound
Topic: "Why Are U.S. Prisons So Religious? The Ascendance of Faith-Based Programs in an Age of Punitive Incarceration"
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 Co-sponsored with John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Speaker: Van Jones
Profile: Center for American Progress/Princeton University/Senior Policy Advisor, Green for All
Topic: "Beyond Green Jobs: The Next American Economy"
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Co-sponsored with:  Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series and Green Action, in collaboration with the Assembly Series, Energy & Environmental Law Society, and Black Law Student Association 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

  Film Screening of "No! The Rape Documentary" and Panel Discussion
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Producer, Director, and International Activist 
Adrienne D. Davis, William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis Law School 
Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professsor of Women's Studies and English at Ohio State University and Visiting Fellow in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Washington University 
Craig Woodsmall, Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Training - Habif Health and Wellness Center, Washington University 
Co-sponsored with: Washington University Department of Anthropology, African and African-American Studies Program, Women, Gender and Sexualitiy Studies Program, and the Department of History

Thursday, September 16, 2010

T. J. Stiles  Speaker:  T. J. Stiles
  Pulitzer Prize-winning Biographer
Topic:  "The Tyrants of Modern Society": Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Rise of the Modern Corporation and Modern Capitalism
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Co-sponsored with: the Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers Series

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

  "Labor and Migration Effects of Human Trafficking"
Adrienne D. Davis, William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis Law School 
Bridgette Carr, Public Interest/Public Service Faculty Fellow & Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Kerry Rittich, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Law School 
Suzanne LeLaurin, Sr. VP for Individuals and Families, International Institute of St. Louis 
 Chantal Thomas, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School 
Video: Labor and Migration Effects of Human Trafficking Panel 

Co-sponsored with: Washington University Law Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Devon Carbado  Speaker: Devon Carbado (Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Law)
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law 
Topic: "The Challenges for Anti-discrimination Law After Obama"
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Co-sponsored with: the Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers Series, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, American Constitution Society, and African & African American Studies Program

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Regina Austin  Speaker: Regina Austin
William A. Schnader Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School 
Topic: "Caught in the System: The Portrayal of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Juvenile and Adult Females  in Non-fiction Film"
Co-sponsored with: the Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers Series, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program