Distributed February 21, 2003
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
Randall Kennedy to speak on politics of race and marriage March 3
Noted Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy will give the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture when he speaks on “Marriage and the Politics of Race in America” Monday, March 3, 2003, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching on The College Green. This lecture is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Noted Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy will give the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Monday, March 3, 2003, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. He will speak on “Marriage and the Politics of Race in America.”
In his most recent book, Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption, Kennedy examines the historical, sociological, legal and moral issues surrounding interracial relationships. He is also the author of Race, Crime, and the Law, which was awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002). His writing has appeared in a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications, including The American Lawyer, Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He has also written for and serves on the editorial boards of The American Prospect, Dissent and The Nation.
Born in Columbia, S.C., Kennedy was raised in Washington, D.C., where he attended St. Albans School. He received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University; he received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor for the Yale Law Journal. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court.
At the Harvard Law School, Kennedy teaches courses on contracts, criminal law and the regulation of race relations. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (401) 863-2474.