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Yoshino to speak on high court, civil rights, April 5

Legal scholar Kenji Yoshino will deliver a lecture titled "The End of Civil Rights? The Supreme Court's Rejection of Identity Politics" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Yoshino, a professor and deputy dean of intellectual life at Yale Law School, is the author of "Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights." His book examines the human instinct to "cover" or downplay certain traits to blend into the mainstream.

Yoshino argues that in the struggle for civil rights for minorities, women, gays, people with disabilities and all other Americans "we must shift away from claims that demand equality for particular groups toward claims that demand liberty for us all."

In his lecture, Yoshino will discuss how "the Supreme Court has moved in recent years away from extending protections on the basis of group membership and toward doing so on the basis of liberties we all possess. … In these cases, the court implicitly acknowledged the national exhaustion with group-based identity politics."

Yoshino's writings have been published in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The Advocate and FindLaw.

The talk is part of the James Moffett '29 annual lecture series. It is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for African American Studies and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center.

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