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. Registration for the conference will open in fall 2014.
  • Missouri CLE credit will be available for an additional fee. A link to register and make a payment for CLE credit will be provided at a later date.
  • Draft agenda for the conference is available at the following link:

Conference Registration

Confirmed Speakers

Debito Arudou, Independent Researcher
Taunya Banks, University of Maryland School of Law
Yaba Blay, Drexel University
Sharon Bramlett-Solomon, Arizona State University
Kim D. Chanponbin, John Marshall Law School-Chicago
Adrienne Davis, Washington University School of Law
Stephanie Farrior, Vermont Law School
Ronald E. Hall, Michigan State University
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, Advocate 
Carlos Moore 
Kimberly Norwood, Washington University School of Law
Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law
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

Travel Information

Hotel: Out-of-town conference attendees are encouraged to stay at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza, located 6 minutes from Washington University.  The 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). 

Airport: 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 (view campus map).

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

 Washington University Law • Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
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