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Critical Race Theory Conference Will Bring Together Leading Thinkers on Race and Civil Rights

Following the success of the last critical race theory conference held at Yale in 2009, Yale Law School will host the “Critical Race Theory: From the Academy to the Community” conference on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, and Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The conference will convene over 400 academic scholars, legal practitioners, and community leaders from across the country and around the world.

The conference’s programming will examine the ways in which critical race theory—which seeks to interrogate the deeply entrenched role that race plays in American culture, politics, and society—can be applied to scholarly work, legal practice, social justice advocacy, and community based movements.

The conference features some of the country’s most prominent critical race theorists. Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at Columbia and UCLA, will deliver opening keynote remarks. Professor Crenshaw is a world renowned scholar who is most celebrated for her theory of intersectionality, which posits that racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression intersect to uniquely burden women of color and other groups. Devon Carbado, a professor of law at UCLA, will deliver closing keynote remarks. Professor Carbado is one of the foremost scholars in critical race theory and has published widely in the field on topics ranging from race and criminal procedure to race, gender and sexuality.

Other confirmed speakers include Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, Sumi Cho, Lani Guinier, Cheryl Harris, Luke Harris, Tanya Hernandez, Darren Hutchinson, Angela Jones, Charles Lawrence, Priscilla Ocen, Gary Peller, Andrea Ritchie, and Gerald Torres.

The conference is sponsored by the Zelia & Oscar Ruebhausen and Debevoise & Plimpton Student Fund at Yale Law School, the Calhoun College Class of ’59 Fund, the American Studies Department, the Public Humanities Initiative, and La Casa Cultural at Yale College.

For more information, contact Christopher Lapinig at or visit the conference website. The conference is open to the public. To register online, visit no later than 11:55 p.m. on Friday, February 1. A limited number of tickets will also be sold at the door.