February 19, 2004
Randall Kennedy to Deliver Elliot Lecture on "Organizational Freedom in an Era of Repression: The Effort to Strangle the NAACP after Brown v. Board of Education"
Randall L. Kennedy '82, professor of law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the 2003-04 Ralph Gregory Elliot First Amendment Lecture, on Monday, February 23, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 127. Professor Kennedy's talk is entitled, "Organizational Freedom in an Era of Repression: The Effort to Strangle the NAACP after Brown v. Board of Education." The talk is free and open to the public.
Kennedy has written on a wide range of topics surrounding the intersection of racial conflict and American legal institutions. In 1998, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, an effort to reorient thinking about the race question in criminal law. His Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word received widespread attention, including a cover article in the New York Times Book Review, when it was published in 2002. His most recent book is Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity and Adoption, published last year.
After receiving his B.A. in 1977 from Princeton University, Kennedy studied history at Oxford University and in 1982 received his J. D. from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. As a professor at Harvard Law School, Kennedy currently teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations.