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Programs and Videos

The Center on Race, Law, and Justice presents programs that explore critical scholarship on core civil rights and social justice issues.


Upcoming Events

Race and Ethnicity Colloquium sponsored by the Center on Race, Law and Justice of Fordham Law School

The Colloquium on Race and Ethnicity

The colloquium brings together scholars from Fordham and other New York-area institutions of higher education to discuss research on issues of race and ethnicity.

2017–2018 Colloquium Sessions

March 15, 2018
Yuko Miki, Professor, History Department & Latino Studies, Fordham University

April 19, 2018
Tracey Meares, Professor of Law, Yale University School of Law


Speaker Series

Join us for discussions of critical scholarship on core civil rights and social justice issues.


Reading Race Book Club sponsored by the Center on Race, Law and Justice of Fordham Law School

Reading Race Book Club

Concerned about issues of race in our society? Want to engage with others thinking about racial justice issues? Join the Reading Race Book Club.

February 26, 2018
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author


Past Events

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Rethinking the Politics of Care Work

Premilla Nadasen, Professor, History Department, Barnard College

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Ethno-racial Legislation in Peru: The Building Blocks for the Afroperuvian Political Subjectivity

Mariela Noles Cotito, Consultant to the Government of Peru; Teacher Assistant, Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, University of South Florida

Thursday–Friday, 2-3 November 2017

Fifty Years of Loving v. Virginia and the Continued Pursuit of Racial Equality

The Fordham Law Review Symposium, presented in conjunction with the Center on Race, Law & Justice, marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), and included a screening of excerpts of the HBO Documentary The Loving Story ;and roundtable discussions of the issues the decisin raises about interracial relationships, mixed-race children, and racial equality in the 21st Century.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Contracting Our Way to Inequality: American Sperm Markets and the Sale of Racial Essence

Camille Gear Rich, Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Legal Barbarians: Comparative Law, Legal Identities and the Global South

Daniel Bonilla Maldonado, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Los Andes, Colombia

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Criminal Procedure and the Good Citizen

I. Bennett Capers, Stanley A. August Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Can the UN Stop Racism? A public forum with the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Mutuma Ruteere

Co-sponsored with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

A Conversation on Race, Ethnicity & Immigration: Citizenship in Campaign 2016 & Beyond

Speakers: Afua Atta-Mensah, Executive Director, Community Voices Heard; Arlene Dávila
Professor of Latino/Latina Studies, NYU; and Angelo Falcón, Executive Director, National Institute for Latino Policy

Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Law, and Justice and Fordham University's American Studies Program, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Institute, and Department of African and African-American Studies.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The NYC High School Application Process I: Examining Educational Access and Equity

80,000 eighth graders a year participate in New York City’s high school application “match” process. Adopted in 2003, the City’s “match” process seeks to maximize student choice and access to schools. In scope and complexity, New York City’s system is unique in the country. This conference focused exclusively on the City’s 700-program high school admissions procedure, which presents an important opportunity to examine:

  1. issues of educational equity and diversity;
  2. the challenges faced by students, families, service providers, and educators in navigating the process;
  3. the opportunities for systemic reforms, practice improvements, and best practices.

Conference organized by the Center on Race, Law, and Justice; and Feerick Center for Social Justice. Co-sponsored by the Fordham Urban Law Journal and Fordham University Graduate School of Education - The Center for Educational Partnerships.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Interstitial Citizenship

Speaker: Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law, UC–Davis School of Law

Monday, 31 October 2016

The Minority Paradox: Blackness in France

Speaker: Pap Ndiaye, Professor of History, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Law, and Justice, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, and the Program in Comparative Literature in collaboration with the Cultural Services at the French Embassy.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Voter Participation & Voter Suppression

Speakers: Ari Berman, senior contributing writer, The Nation; Francis Fox Piven, distinguished professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY; and Zachary Roth, national reporter, MSNBC Digital

Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Law, and Justice, McGannon Communication Research Center, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Institute, Department of Communications and Media Studies, and Department of African and African-American Studies.

Tuesday, 4, October 2016

Judicial Diversity in France: The Unspoken and the Unspeakable

Speaker: Mathilde Cohen, Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Glass Scholar, University of Connecticut School of Law.

Co-sponsored by the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Belonging: A Conversation on Race, Inclusion and Executive Action in the 21st Century
This discussion focused on a conversation on race, inclusion and executive action in the 21st century based on three readings: passages from Claudia Rankine's Citizen, the DOJ civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department, and President Trump's executive order on immigration.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The inaugural Reading Race Book Club discussion focused on a discussion of Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind with the author, Osagie K. Obasogie, Professor of Law, UC–Hastings.

The Colloquium on Race and Ethnicity brings together scholars from Fordham and other New York-area institutions of higher education to discuss research on issues of race and ethnicity.

November 14, 2017
Garrett Broad, Professor, Communications and Media Studies Department, Fordham University

Thursday, 19 October | Room 2-01A
David Troutt, Professor of Law and Director of Metropolitan Equity Project, Rutgers Law School

Thursday, 18 May | Room 4-08
Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

Thursday, 20 April | Room 4-08
Clara Rodríguez, Professor of Sociology, Fordham University

Tuesday, 28 March | Room 4-09
Ann Morning, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University

Thursday, 23 March
Apocalypto and the End of Days: Basking in the Maya's Shadow
O. Hugo Benavides, Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University

Thursday, 23 February
José Rodriguez-Soltero and Mario Montez: Puerto Rican Artists in the White Queer Underground
Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, and Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, Fordham University

Thursday, 19 January 2017
Toying with Blackness
Lise-Ségolène Schreier, Associate Professor of French, Fordham University

Thursday, 17 November 2016
Multiracials and Civil Rights
Tanya K. Hernández, Professor of Law and Associate Director & Head of Global and Comparative Law Programs and Initiatives, Center on Race, Law, and Justice, Fordham Law School

Thursday, 20 October 2016
The End of Integration
Michelle Adams, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Cardozo Law

Thursday, 22 September 2016
Hart-Celler and the Effects on African American and Immigrant Incorporation
Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University.


Event Videos

2018 Fordham Law Review Symposium Roundtable 2:
Loving v. Virginia’s battle against “white supremacy” and segregation today


2018 Fordham Law Review Symposium Roundtable 3:
The Children of Loving


2018 Fordham Law Review Symposium Roundtable 4:
Loving v. Virginia, 21st Century Science, and the Ethics of the Biologizing of Race


Colorblind Under Stress:
Experience of Discrimination and Antidiscrimination Policies in Europe

This installment of the Center's Speaker Series, presented on 30 March 2016, featured a discussion with Patrick Simon, director of research at the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques.


Where Did All the White Criminals Go?
Reconfiguring Race and Crime on the Road to Mass Incarceration

This installment of the Center's Speaker Series, presented on 6 April 2016, featured a discussion with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


King Making:
Brown v. Board and the Rise of a Racial Savior

This installment of the Center's Speaker Series, presented on 14 April 2016, featured a discussion with H. Timothy Lovelace, associate professor of law at Maurer School of Law, Indiana University.