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Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America

Oct 7, 2014 04:30PM to 06:00PM


Open to the Public
Sheryll D. Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University; author, “Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America”

Sheryll Cashin, author of “Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America,” and a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, will present a public talk at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

Cashin teaches constitutional law and race and American law, among other subjects. She writes about race relations and inequality in America. Her new book, “Place, Not Race,” argues that affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people and offers a new framework for true inclusion.

Her earlier book, “The Failures of Integration” was an Editors' Choice in The New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for nonfiction (2005 and 2009). She has published widely in academic journals and trade media and is a frequent commentator on race relations on radio, television and online media.

She is an op-ed contributor for The New York Times. Her recent article, “Justice for Blacks and Whites As the Civil Rights Act Turns 50, Creating Cross-Racial Alliances,” marks the Civil Rights 50th anniversary.

Cashin worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy. She is an active member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and Building ONE America, an emerging national network of state and regional coalitions promoting sustainable growth and social inclusion. She also served as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.