Scholar on Race and Law to Lecture April 18

Dorothy Roberts
Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, will present a lecture on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel. The lecture, “Fatal Invention: Re-creating Race in the 21st Century,” is based on her 2011 book of the same name and is free and open to the public.


Roberts’ book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-first Century, was published in 2011. According to publisher The New Press, the book is “A powerful new argument from a leading intellectual that explores how today’s cutting-edge genetic science helps perpetuate inequality in a ‘post-racial’ America.” She is also the author of Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds.


Roberts has a joint appointment as a faculty fellow of the Institute of Policy Research at Northwestern. She is an internationally recognized scholar on the subjects of race, gender and the law, and has published more than 75 articles in books and journals such as Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal and Stanford Law Review. Roberts has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Fulbright Scholars Program and Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions.


The lecture is co-sponsored by the Biology Department, Days-Massolo Center, Dean of Faculty, and the Kirkland Endowment Advisory Committee.

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