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Event Poster for The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein


Richard Rothstein
Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute
Senior Fellow (Emeritus), Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:30-6:00 p.m.
2120 Kellner Hall, Grainger Hall

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and is a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Economic Policy Institute. He is also a former columnist for the New York Times. Rothstein’s lecture will focus on his recently published book, The Color of Law, in which he argues that dominant explanations for racial segregation which assume that de facto segregation—or informal practices, such as discriminatory lending practices—are flawed. Rather, Rothstein argues that de jure segregation in the form of explicit policies and laws are to blame for the segregation of African Americans from whites in American neighborhoods. Rothstein’s talk will be of interest to students and faculty interested in questions of race and ethnicity, inequality, and education.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Ethics and Education, The Department of Educational Policy Studies, The Department of Philosophy, and The Institute for Legal Studies with help from the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Funding provided by the University Lectures Knapp Fund.