Global Perspectives on Colorism

April 2-3, 2015

Washington University School of Law
Anheuser-Busch Hall
St. Louis, Missouri

Colorism is the practice of discrimination based on skin tone and is prevalent throughout the world. Organized by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, this conference will address the global reach—in economic, social, and psychological terms—of colorism. Speakers will also explore, in a variety of constructs, how one’s skin color can be a source of scorn, shame, admiration and envy.  Papers for this conference will be published in a symposium issue of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review.  Supported in part through funding from the Office of the Provost and co-sponsored by the Gephardt Institute for Public Service.

  • The panel sessions are free and open to the public.
  • Missouri CLE credit will be available for an additional fee. To make a payment, please submit your registration and proceed to the next page.  

Draft Conference Agenda 


Conference Registration


Confirmed Speakers

William J. Aceves, California Western School of Law
Debito Arudou, Independent Researcher
Taunya Banks, University of Maryland School of Law
Yaba Blay, Drexel University
Sharon Bramlett-Solomon, Arizona State University
Kim D. Chanbonpin, John Marshall Law School-Chicago
Adrienne Davis, Washington University School of Law
Stephanie Farrior, Vermont Law School
Ronald E. Hall, Michigan State University
Keshia Harris, The University of Chicago
Richard D. Harvey, St. Louis University Department of Psychology
Tanya K. Hernandez, Fordham University School of Law
Joni Hersch, Vanderbilt University School of Law
Henriette Dahan Kalev, Ben Gurion University
Verna Keith, Texas A&M University
Neha Mishra, M.S. Ramaiah College
Carlos Moore 
Kimberly Norwood, Washington University School of Law
Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law
Margaret Beale Spencer, The University of Chicago
Vetta Sanders Thompson, Washington University George Brown School Social Work
Nayani Thiyagarajah, Shade-ism 
Lynn Thomas, University of Washington
Hilary Weaver, University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Carlos Manuel Vazquez, Georgetown University Law Center

Travel Information

Out-of-town guests are encouraged to stay at the Charles F. Knight Center located on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. A special conference rate of $119 per room per night has been arranged for conference attendees. Please contact the Knight Center at 314-933-9400 (Toll Free: 866-933-9400) or to make your reservation (book by March 20, 2015; subject to availability).

If the Knight Center is sold out, conference attendees can also stay at the
Sheraton Clayton Plaza, located 6 minutes from Washington University. The Sheraton Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport as well as the University. Group rate for the conference is $108/night and guests can click here to make their booking (rate available until March 13, 2015; please consult link for cancellation deadlines).  

The St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) is located approximately 20 minutes from Washington University School of Law. St. Louis County Cabs are readily available outside the arrival terminals and a taxi fare is approx. $35 from the airport to Washington University.


Visitors are encouraged to use the Danforth University Center underground parking garage located on campus (#83 at F5 on this campus map; Anheuser Busch Hall is #6 at G-3). More information on parking.

For additional questions or inquiries, please contact conference coordinator
Bethel Mandefro



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