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Education and Civil Rights Dinner Feature Lani Guinier

The College of Education is proud to announce a dinner featuring a speech by renowned civil rights expert Lani Guinier as a part of the upcoming Education and Civil Rights Conference.
Education and Civil Rights Dinner Feature Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker at the College's Education and Civil Rights Conference. Guinier, the Bennett Boskey professor of law at Harvard Law school, will be present at a dinner on Friday, June 6 at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, Pa.

Tickets for the dinner are available for sale to the general public, including those who are not attending the conference. They are $25 each for those not attending the conference, and order forms are available on the conference website. A limited number of tickets are available.

The conference, titled "Education and Civil Rights: Historical Legacies, Contemporary Strategies and Promise for the Future," is on June 6 and 7. The main goal of the conference is to address the inability of many students of color to access high-quality education, from pre-K through higher education. The conference seeks to explore what strategies have been effective in expanding educational opportunities for these students and how to implement best practices that will ensure equity in public education for the future.

Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1998, Guinier was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Formerly, she worked in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1980s. She was President Bill Clinton's nominee for assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993.

Guinier has published numerous articles on issues of race, gender and democratic decision-making and has sought new ways of approaching questions, such as affirmative action, while calling for candid public discourse on these topics. Her latest book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy,” will be published later this year.

Guinier’s leadership has been recognized with many awards, including the Champion of Democracy Award from the National Women's Political Caucus, the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Rosa Parks Award from the American Association of Affirmative Action. She has received 10 honorary degrees from institutions such as Smith College, Spelman College, Swarthmore College and the University of the District of Columbia.

--by Amanda Dash (April 2014)