November 4, 2005

Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School
Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation

Race and Class in College Admissions

Lani Guinier has been the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School since 1998, where she pursues research interests in race and gender, civil rights, voting rights, public interest law and educational equity. Her prior experience includes a professorship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; the head of the Voting Rights Project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a term in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Carter Administration. She is the author of five books: The Tyranny of the Majority (1994), Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School and Institutional Change (1995), Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice (1998), Who’s Qualified? (2001) and The Miner’s Canary (2002).

Richard Kahlenberg is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, where he studies education, equal opportunity, and civil rights. Previously, Kahlenberg was a Fellow at the Center for National Policy, a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, and a legislative assistant to Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA). He is the author of Broken Contract: A Memoir of Harvard Law School (1992), The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action (1996), and All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice (2001). He is also the editor of America’s Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education (2004), which discusses the ramifications of the economic stratification of students in higher education.