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Critical Race Theory Colloquium(S)


In the mid-1980s, a new scholarly movement developed in legal academia, Critical Race Theory ("CRT"). Early advocates of CRT--including Derrick Bell, Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence, Richard Delgado, Kimberl? Crenshaw, and Patricia Williams--challenged both the substance and style of conventional legal scholarship. Substantively, race crits rejected formal equality, individual rights, and colorblind approaches to solving legal problems. Stylistically, critical race scholars often employed new methodologies for legal scholarship, including storytelling and narrative. The goal of the Critical Race Theory Colloquium is to understand CRT principles and explore CRT's possibilities and limitations. Such explorations will require students to think carefully not only about race and racism, but also about sexism, classism, heterosexism, and other -isms. Hopefully, the course will provide an opportunity for us to challenge critically our most basic assumptions about race, law, and justice. The Critical Race Theory Colloquium employs a workshop-format that enables students to engage leading scholars in the field of Critical Race Theory. The first session will involve a general overview of Critical Race Theory. During six of the remaining meetings, an invited scholar will present a work-in-progress for discussion. For the other six sessions, students will learn core concepts and tenets of CRT and read and analyze articles that illustrate such concepts and tenets. Each week, students will write a short reaction paper responding to either the readings assigned or the works presented. Additionally, they will produce two questions for discussion. The reaction papers related to works presented will be given to workshop presenters before each workshop. Final grades depend on the reaction papers, class participation, and attendance. NOTES: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Spring 2022: LAW JD 731 , Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2022
A1Angela Onwuachi-Willig3Wed4:20 pm - 6:20 pm