For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law

Randall Kennedy
In conversation with Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean, U.C. Irvine School of Law
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Episode Summary

Kennedy—a Harvard Law professor, former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and author of the New York Times best-seller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word—ponders the future of affirmative action and offers a definitive reckoning with one of the most explosively contentious and sharply divisive issues in American society.

Participant(s) Bio

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The author of six books, he won the Robert F. Kennedy book award for Race, Crime and the Law. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Kennedy is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He has authored seven books and more than 200 law-review articles. He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court and various circuits of the United States Court of Appeals.