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Internationally Acclaimed Scholar of Law and Race To Discuss Affirmative Action. Thursday, May 4, 2006

CORRECTION: This lecture is at 5:30 p.m., not at 6:00 p.m. as previously announced.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an internationally respected scholar on law and race, will discuss affirmative action on Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Villard Room of the College Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Throughout American history, race has profoundly affected the lives of individuals and the workings of our political economy. Not surprisingly, this impact has been worked its way through the law and legal institutions. Critical Race Theory is the study of the history and contemporary ramifications of race within the field and practice of law. A specialist in gender and race equality, Crenshaw is one of a handful of scholars credited with the development of Critical Race Theory. She is a faculty member in the UCLA School of Law Critical Race Studies Concentration and also teaches at Columbia University Law School.

Crenshaw has presented lectures and workshops on four continents, including working with the Constitutional Court judges in South Africa, where she was influential in drafting the equality clause of the South African Constitution. Crenshaw authored a paper on race and gender discrimination for the United Nations World Conference on Racism and helped facilitate the inclusion of gender in its Conference Declaration in 2001.

In 1996, Crenshaw co-founded the African American Policy Forum with Luke C. Harris, an associate professor of political science at Vassar. The Policy Forum is a think-tank and information agency dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and public discourse on issues related to inequality, discrimination, and injustice.

Crenshaw served as a member of the National Science Foundations Committee to Research Violence Against Women and assisted the legal team representing Anita Hill. She is a founding member of the Women's Media Initiative and a regular commentator on NPR's The Tavis Smiley Show. She was twice named Professor of the Year at UCLA Law School and received the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award, presented by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, for her work on black women and the law.

Crenshaw is the editor of Critical Race Theory: Key Documents that Shaped the Movement and has published articles in several of the nation's leading law review journals. A gradate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, Crenshaw earned a Master of Law in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin.

Crenshaw's visit is a part of Vassar's Common Ground lecture series, which seeks to explore issues of gender and racial equality. This lecture was previously scheduled for Thursday, March 2. For more information, please call Belinda Guthrie, associate dean of the College, at (845) 437-7584. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, April 18, 2006