From Slavery to Freedom to the White House: Race in 21st Century America

The 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?

Dr. John Hope Franklin

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.


April 8, 2010 • 8:00AM – 2:30 PM • Duke Law School, Room 3041

2:30 – 3:00pmRegistration – 3rd Floor Loggia, Duke Law School
3:00 – 3:45pmWelcome and Introduction [webcast]
Guy-Uriel Charles
Dean David F. Levi
Kenneth Mack
3:45 – 4:45pmStories, Narratives, and Citizenship: Race with History [webcast]
Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Matthew Countryman
Jonathan Holloway

Moderator: Kenneth Mack
5:00 – 6:00pmThe Construction of Racial Discrimination [webcast]
Eugene Borgida
Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Laura Richman

Moderator: Katharine T. Bartlett
6:00 – 6:30pmSpeaker: Brent Staples [bio]
Keynote [webcast]
6:30 – 8:00pmReception: Duke Law School (Panelists and Invited Guests Only)

April 9, 2010 • 8:00AM – 2:30 PM • Duke Law School, Room 3041

8:00 amContinental Breakfast – 3rd Floor Loggia
9:00 – 10:00amThe Future of Race in Politics [webcast]
Lawrence Bobo
Khalilah Brown-Dean
Taeku Lee

Moderator: Paula D. McClain
10:15 – 11:15amThe Changing Face of America: Race and Immigration [webcast]
Jennifer Chaćon
Luis Fraga
Cristina Rodriguez

Moderator: Ray Suarez
11:30 – 11:45amBoxed Lunches Distributed
12:15 – 1:00pmLunch Speaker – Ray Suarez [bio]
Keynote [webcast]
1:30 – 2:30pmUnderstanding Structural Inequality: Race, Economics, and Wealth [webcast]
Dalton Conley
Glenn Loury
Daria Roithmayr

Moderator: William “Sandy” Darity
2:45 – 4:00pmRace as Institution and Metaphor: A View from the Humanities [webcast]
Elizabeth Alexander
Farah Griffin
Karla Holloway

Moderator: Richard Brodhead, Duke University President
5:30 – 6:00pmReception – The Washington Duke Inn (Panelists and Invited Guests Only)
6:00 – 8:00pmDinner Speaker: Orlando Patterson

Saturday April 10, 2010

8:30 amContinental Breakfast – 3rd Floor Loggia
9:00 – 10:00amThe Future of Voting Rights [webcast]
Kristen Clarke
Michael Kang
Richard Pildes
Luis Fuentes-Rohwer

Moderator: Kerry L. Haynie
10:15 – 11:15amNew Ideas for Old Challenges: Promoting Civil Rights and Racial Justice [webcast]
Michelle Adams
Richard Banks
Jeannine Bell
Paul Butler

Moderator: Trina Jones
11:30 – 11:45amBoxed Lunches Distributed
11:45 – 1:15pmLunch: Race and the Obama Presidency [webcast]
Melissa Harris-Lacewell
Vincent Hutchings
Randall Kennedy
Brent Staples

Moderator: Peter Lange, Duke University Provost
1:30 – 2:30pmReframing the Story: Where Do We Go From Here? [webcast]
Lani Guinier
Gerald Torres