For decades many universities have used race as a factor in admissions decisions. This year, two cases, Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina, are before the Supreme Court on the matter. The decision on these cases is the subject of great anticipation for the Court this term, “a blockbuster” that has the potential to reshape American life. Awakening Our Democracy: Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court and the Road Ahead for Higher Education is a roundtable discussion on the significant questions these cases provoke. President Lee C. Bollinger will offer framing remarks grounded in his newly released work, A Legacy of Discrimination: The Essential Constitutionality of Affirmative Action, in which he and his co-author make the case that America’s obligation to remediate past discrimination based on race is not only constitutionally permissible, it is morally mandated. Register and learn more.
Opening Remarks: President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University
Moderator: Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
- Olatunde C. Johnson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg '59 Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
- Mike Hoa Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Civil Rights
This event is co-sponsored by University Life, Office of the President, and Columbia Law School.
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