Hope Co-Sponsors Address by Lani Guinier
In Grand Rapids on Monday, April 1
Posted March 19, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College is part of a coalition of
area colleges sponsoring the lecture "Rethinking Race and
Gender" by Lani Guinier on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the
St. Cecilia Music Society, located at 24 Ransom St., NE, in
downtown Grand Rapids.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Guinier became a household name in 1993, when she
was nominated by President Bill Clinton to lead the Civil
Rights Division in the Department of Justice and then saw
the nomination withdrawn in the midst of a political
firestorm that saw her painted with labels such as the
"quota queen." Now a professor at Harvard Law School, she
will be speaking in the second lecture of a series from the
West Michigan Women's Studies Council, a multi-college
organization that includes Hope.
Since her unchosen role in the political power
struggle of 1993, Guinier has continued to work closely with
issues related to race and gender. In 1998 she wrote "Lift
Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New
Vision of Social Justice," a look at where civil rights have
been and where they are going. The book also reflects on
her experiences in 1993.
Guinier has Michigan connections, having clerked
for the judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Michigan from 1974 to 1976 and serving as the
juvenile court referee in Wayne County from 1976 to 1977.
From there she became an assistant in the Civil Rights
Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1977 to 1981
and then was assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense
Fund in New York City from 1981 to 1988.
The West Michigan Women's Studies Council was
formed in late 2001 to inform women of gender issues and
collaborate with other programs to enhance the lives of
women in West Michigan. The council consists of
representatives from six local colleges and universities,
including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport
College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State
University and Hope. The council sponsored a talk by
comedian and actress Margaret Cho earlier this year.
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