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New York Fellows Virtual Lunch Program

  • When: October 26, 2021
  • Where: Virtual

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“Civil Rights in America: A History"

Christopher Schmidt
Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Co-Director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States, Chicago-Kent College of Law

The term “civil rights” has such a familiar presence in discussions about American politics and law that we tend to use it reflexively and intuitively, but rarely do we stop to think about what exactly we mean when we use the term and why certain uses strike us as right or wrong. In this presentation, Professor Christopher Schmidt tells the story of how Americans have fought over the meaning of civil rights from the Civil War through today. Through their struggles over what it means to live in a nation dedicated to protecting civil rights, each generation has given the label new life and new meaning. Join the ABF to learn more about how the words we use to understand our world become objects of contestation and points of leverage for social, political, and legal action.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:30pm - 1:30pm ET

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