The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Randall Kennedy
Thu, October 3rd, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)


What are the costs of affirmative action on higher education and American society? Is this approach to diversification and advancement obsolete? Following the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy offers a deeply personal exploration of the complex history of this contentious issue and argues why it still plays an obligatory role in modern America.


Randall Kennedy, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the national bestselling author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word. His most recent book is For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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