POSTPONED - LAPA Seminar with Cheryl I. Harris, LAPA Fellow; University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, "Debt, Development and Dispossession: Afterlives of Slavery"

Date & Time Apr 06 2020 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Speaker(s) Cheryl I. Harris, LAPA Fellow; University of California-Los Angeles School of Law
Audience Open to the Public

LAPA’s seminar format encourages attendees to familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The author will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. Moderated Q&A follows.

Copies of the seminar paper are typically available about 10 days before the event, during regular business hours, at the LAPA Offices on the 3rd floor of Wallace Hall.

Cheryl Harris is one of the founding and foundational scholars of Critical Race Studies having written, among her many articles, Whiteness as Property, published in the Harvard Law Review. She has lectured widely on race, inequality and anti-discrimination law, in the US and internationally. Harris was also part of a multi-year collaborative project between progressive US lawyers and South African lawyers, which played a critical role in the development of South Africa’s first democratic constitution. More recently, she has worked in collaboration with scholars in Australia on issues of race and indigeneity and has been a visiting scholar at RMIT University in Melbourne. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary work and served as Interim Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at UCLA from its creation in 2014 to 2016. Harris received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law.  She practiced with a leading criminal defense firm in Chicago, and later served as a senior legal advisor in the City Attorney’s office during the reform administration of Mayor Harold Washington.  Her current research project investigates the historic and current relationship among race, debt, and property and how the creation and management of debt is part of broader mechanisms of racialized dispossession.

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