Identity, Politics and the Law; Colloquium

This seminar will explore the current state of thinking about the relationship between identity, politics and legal regulation. In particular, attention will be paid during this first semester to the relationships between racial and gender identity and the politics of the workplace. Within that context, the impact of Title VII over the past fifty years will be discussed. The instructors for this course plan to invite seven or eight of the leading scholars on this topic to present their current work. This year, because of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there is a great deal of new work that is being done that reflects on both the impact of the Act, but also on the type of legal regulation that is needed to tackle identity based discrimination in the future.

On alternate weeks, students will be asked to do reaction papers to the presentations by the speakers. During the week preceding each presentation, a paper relating to the presentation will be discussed in class by the instructors and the students, so as to prepare for the discussion during the week prior.

The requirements for the class are completion of the reaction papers and active participation in the debates over the papers being presented. There will be one class meeting each week.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

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