This conference aims to frame a new scholarly discussion of race. What are the issues that should be at the heart of our public discourse on race? What can we as scholars and empiricists offer to this discussion that might help address racial inequality or improve our understanding of race? What is the significance of President Obama's election for racial identity and equality? Should — can — we reframe the stories we tell about race?

To view webcasts of this conference, please see the Duke Law webcast page.

This conference honors the life and work of the late Dr. John Hope Franklin, who taught at Duke Law School and devoted his life's work to understanding the impact of racism on American life.

The conference is sponsored by the Center on Law, Race and Politics and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. For more information, contact Brianna Brake at the Duke Center on Law, Race and Politics, (919) 613-8522, or