|Should American race relations law be governed by a strict “same treatment” principle which would rule out “affirmative action” and “disparate impact?” Or should American race relations law be governed by rules that offer special solicitude to racial minorities, particularly African Americans?
On October 18 at 6:30 PM, at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, the former filming location of CNN’s Crossfire, in Washington, DC The American Conservative and The American Prospect will host a debate on the resolution, “the principle of disparate impact distorts civil rights law.”
A light reception will follow the debate.
Leah Libresco Sargeant is a freelance writer whose writing has appeared in First Things, America, The American Conservative, Commonweal, The American Interest, and many other publications. She is the author of Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer.
The American Conservative Speakers
Helen Andrews serves as TAC’s Magazine Editor. She is also the author of BOOMERS: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster (Sentinel, January 2021). She has worked at the Washington Examiner and National Review, and as a think tank researcher at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Australia. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, Hedgehog Review, and many others.
David Azerrad is an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, DC and is a member of The American Conservative’s Advisory Board. His research and writing focuses on classical liberalism, conservative political thought and identity politics. Prior to joining Hillsdale, Azerrad was the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. He has taught previously at American University and the University of Dallas. A native of Montreal, Azerrad received his B.A. from Concordia University, his M.A. from Carleton University and his Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas.
The American Prospect Speakers
David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. He is the author of Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power (2020) and Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud (2016), which earned the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize. He was the winner of the 2021 Hillman Prize for excellence in magazine journalism.
Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. For his education he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and 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. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications.