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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 at Fifty: Past, Present, and Future


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 at Fifty: Past, Present, and Future


This Conference marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by addressing fundamental questions about its past, present, and future. The conference will examine both the purposes of this historic Act, including the problems or evils it was designed to address, and also the assumptions underlying the Act’s design. Has the Act achieved its purposes and have those underlying assumptions proved correct? The conference will investigate the visions of antidiscrimination underlying the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the import of such visions for contemporary debates about antidiscrimination law. It will invite historical consideration of the relationship among social movements, activism and law reform. It will assess the current state of antidiscrimination law and ask what the major challenges are for the next fifty years. What changes, either legislative or judicial, might enable the Act better to further equality and equal citizenship for all?

The papers and proceedings will be published in Boston University Law Review.

Additional details, including registration information, will be posted as soon as they are available.


9:00am on Saturday, November 15th 2014

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