Kennedy to read from 'Sellout'
Posted February 27, 2008; 10:30 p.m.
Legal scholar and University Trustee Randall Kennedy will read from his new book, "Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.
Following his controversial bestseller, "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word," Kennedy grapples in his new book with another stigma of America's racial discourse. Kennedy explores how usage of the term "sellout" bedevils blacks and whites, while revealing the effects it has on individuals and on society as a whole.
Kennedy's book "Race, Crime and the Law" won the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for works that best represent the slain politician's commitment to justice.
Kennedy, a 1977 Princeton graduate, is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is serving his second term as a Princeton trustee and is a member of the advisory council of the Center for African American Studies, which is sponsoring the reading.