MLK Jr. Convocation lecture explores challenges 'after Obama'

Professor Devon Carbado, of UCLA, will deliver the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation lecture, “After Obama: three ‘Post-Racial’ Challenges,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 24, in Tilton Hall of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street.

Professor Carbado’s lecture will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, address “the evolution of blackness,” and will contextualize the significance of Dr. King’s life – work, legacy and dream in the twenty-first century.

This event officially kicks off Clark University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month. The convocation’s theme is “The Evolution of Blackness.”

A reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by Clark’s Political Science Department and the offices of the President and the Dean of the College.

Carbado writes in the areas of critical race theory, employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity. He is the editor of Race Law Stories with Rachel Moran and is working on a book on employment discrimination (tentatively titled Acting White) with Mitu Gulati. He is a former director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA Law, a faculty associate of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, a board member of the African American Policy Forum and a James Town Fellow.

Carbado, who recently served as the Vice Dean of the Faculty at UCLA, teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication. He was elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA School of Law Classes of 2000 and 2006, is the 2003 recipient of the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was recently awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award, The Eby Award for the Art of Teaching. He is a recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of Education.

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