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Guinier to speak on the experience of racial minorities in America, Oct. 7

Lani Guinier, the Bennet Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will present a lecture titled "The Miner's Canary" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Guinier is the author with Gerald Torres of "The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy" (Harvard University Press, 2002). They say issues of race -- like the canaries that alerted miners to a poisonous atmosphere -- point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone, not just minorities. They present a radical new way to confront race in the 21st century.

Guinier became the first black woman tenured professor in Harvard Law School's history when she was appointed in 1998. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 10 years.

She first came to public attention in 1993 when President Bill Clinton nominated her to be the first black woman to head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Clinton later withdrew her nomination without a confirmation hearing.

During the 1980s, Guinier was the head of the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and served in the civil rights division during the Carter administration as special assistant to Attorney General Drew Days.

Guinier's lecture will be followed by a book signing at 6 p.m. at the Women's Center, 243 Frist Campus Center.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs , the Women's Center , the Frist Campus Center and the Pace Center for Community Service .

Contact:Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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