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Kenji Yoshino

Constitutional Law Specialist to Lecture

Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted February 22, 2010
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Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, will give a lecture titled “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights” on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Science Center's Kennedy Auditorium. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Diversity and Social Justice Project and Diversity Initiatives, and is free and open to the public.

Drawing on his experience as a gay Asian American, Yoshino examines the prejudices embedded in both American life and in Civil Rights legislation – prejudices that hinder our ability to be our authentic selves. Key to his talk is the phenomenon of “covering,” where people downplay stigmatized traits in order to blend into the mainstream.

A specialist in constitutional law and anti-discrimination law, Yoshino has published in major academic journals including the Columbia Law Review and the Stanford Law Review, and has written extensively in popular media publications such as The Boston Globe and The New York Times. He has also appeared on programs such as “The Charlie Rose Show” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” Yoshino received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and earned his law degree at Yale Law School. He is currently working on a book about Shakespeare and the law.

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