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Conference programming will run from roughly 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. We will also have an informal get-together and film screening for conference attendees who are in town on Friday, April 4.

Friday, April 4

5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Welcome Happy Hour -
Please join the organizers of the Re-Envisioning Race conference for an informal get-together at a local bar. The event will be an opportunity to meet and network with fellow conference participants. Drink specials will be available.
Rudy's - 1277 Chapel St

7:30 p.m.127 Screening: American Promise, Winner of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award 
Wall St, Room 128 (free)


Spanning 12 years in the lives of two families, American Promise provides a rare look into black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journey.

The film begins in 1999, when filmmakers Joe and Michèle turned their cameras on their son and his best friend, as the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School. Over the years, the boys struggle with stereotypes and identity, and ultimately take divergent paths on the road to graduation. Meanwhile, the parents wrestle with doubts and angst over their sons’ future, as they juggle their high expectations with the cultural and social obstacles their sons face.

Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century. Ultimately, it asks each of us: what is the American Promise?

Michele Stephenson, Producer and Co-Director of American Promise, will be speaking on the “Media Matters” panel on Saturday. She will address her work as a human rights attorney, the process of making the film, and the social engagement campaign accompanying American Promise. More information about the film and the campaign is available on americanpromise.org.

Saturday, April 5

For descriptions of all panels and bios of participating panelists, please see the Panels page. We will also post copies of papers and articles by many of the panelists in the days leading up to the conference, so please check back for updates.

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Workshop: Critical Race Theory in Action: Opportunities & Challenges as Young Lawyers

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Address by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw

10:30 - 12:00 a.m.
Breakout Panels

  • Intersectionality on the Body: Policing the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women of Color
  • Looking to the Bottom: Critical Race Theory and Immigrants’ Rights

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch, Paper Talks, and Workshops

For descriptions of all sessions, as well as PDFs of the papers that will be presented and discussed, please visit the Paper Talks and Workshops page.

  • Session 1: “Comparative and Global Critical Race Theory”
  • Session 2: “Women of Color and the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit: A Gain They Can Celebrate?”
  • Session 3: “Shifting the Lens: U.S. Settler Colonialism and Why Race Still Matters”
  • Session 4: “Something of Race Remains: Race and Identity in American Public Education” and “Undoing Race? Reconciling Multiracial Identity with the Pursuit of Racial Equality”
  • Session 5: “The Impact of Slavery on Private Family Law” and “The Legal Manufacture of Hardworking Bastards: Marriage, Bastardy, Apprenticeship Laws, and the Policing of Race and Labor in North Carolina, 1741-1870”
  • Session 6: “Interest Convergence and the Right to Counsel” and “Immigrants and the Contemporary White Racial Frame: Evidence from Letters to the Editor of a Southern Daily Newspaper”

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Plenary Panel: Resisting Post-Racialism: Strategies for Asserting the Continuing Salience of Racial Discrimination

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Panels

  • The Master’s House: Navigating Racial Identity in Institutions of Power
  • Media Matters: Flipping the Script on Race

4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Coffee / Snack Break

5:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Breakout Panels

  • •Equality vs. Exceptionalism: The Role of Race in Federal Indian Law
  • The Dangers of Discretion in Criminal Justice

7:00 p.m.
Endnote by Professor Devon Carbado

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Dinner (on own)

10:00 p.m. Closing Party - Kelly's, 196 Crown St.