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2023 University Lecture

Unifying Concepts: Critical Race Theory, Academic Freedom of Speech, and Democracy

Presented by Jasmine Gonzales Rose,
Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Equity, Justice & Engagement

November 29, 2023
7 pm

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
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Jasmine Gonzales Rose is a professor and the associate dean for equity, justice, and engagement at Boston University School of Law. She is a founding faculty member of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, where she served as associate director of policy, deputy director of research and policy, policy chair, and an acting co-director. Her scholarship examines the intersections of racism and linguicism with juries and evidence, and she is a leading criticalist voice on evidence law and juror language disenfranchisement. She is an award-wining instructor in the law school, where she has taught Evidence Law; Criminal Law; Civil Procedure; Complex Litigation; Race, Racism, & the Law; LatinXs & the Law; and Civil Rights Law.

Prior to joining Boston University in 2020, she was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for nearly a decade. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor-in-chief of the Harvard Latinx Law Review, and a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She clerked for Judge Héctor M. Laffitte of the US District Court for Puerto Rico and Judge Damon J. Keith of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit and governmental organizations on issues of civil and human rights, including serving on the founding board of directors of the Abolitionist Law Center which was started by her former students. She is a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law and was elected into the American Law Institute in 2023.

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