Lani Guinier to Speak Nov. 2
Harvard civil rights scholar Lani Guinier will be the featured speaker at Occidental College’s First Tuesday Speaker Series at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Johnson Hall Room 200. The title of her talk is “Race, Class and Education.”
A civil rights attorney for more than a decade, Guinier served on the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division under President Carter. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton to become the first black woman to head the division. Clinton later withdrew the nomination amid a conservative backlash.
In July 1998, Guinier joined the faculty at the Harvard Law School, where she became the first African-American woman granted tenure. She teaches courses on professional responsibility for public lawyers, law and the political process, and critical perspectives on race, gender, class, and social change.
Guinier is the author of “Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback Into a New Vision of Social Justice,” in which she discusses the civil rights movement’s past, present and future.
Her appearance is being co-sponsored by the Occidental Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Values and Vocation Grant. Occidental College designated first Tuesdays of every month as an opportunity for the campus community to gather for shared intellectual and cultural events.