Tanner Lectures on Human Values: Randall L. Kennedy (Harvard Law School): "In Praise of Racial Liberalism"

  • Nov 14, 2024, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
  • Nov 15, 2024, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public


Event Description


Randall Kennedy's lectures will posit the ends and means suitable currently for advancing the cause of racial justice in America. Lecture one will focus on aims: what should racial "justice" mean today? Lecture two will focus on strategy: what are optimal ways of proceeding in a polarized polity in which racial prejudices and resentments constitute significant impediments to needed reforms.

About the speaker

Randall L. Kennedy, is Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. He attended Princeton University, '77, and Yale Law School. He clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright and for Justice Thurgood Marshall. A member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court, he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is "Say it Loud! On Race, Law, Culture and History."


Elizabeth Anderson, Max Shaye Professor of Public Philosophy, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Philosophy, University of Michigan

Elizabeth Hinton, Professor of History, African American Studies & Law, Yale University

Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Department of History
Department of Philosophy
Department of Politics
James Madison Program
Program in Law and Normative Thinking
Program in Law and Public Policy
Princeton Policy Advocacy Clinic
Princeton Public Lectures
Princeton School of Public and International Affairs