McGeorge School of Law

Distinguished Speaker Series Features Four February Presentations

January 26, 2015

Distinguished Speaker Series

The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific Distinguished Speaker Series will feature engaging and thought-provoking presentations by Professors Ian F. Haney‐López and Anita Bernstein, filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and reporter Jo Becker during February 2015.

The first two February Distinguished Speaker Series events are during McGeorge’s annual Diversity Week. Berkeley Law Professor Ian F. Haney‐López, will present "Dog Whistle Politics: Coded Racism and Inequality for All" on Feb. 3, 2015 at 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Courtroom. Professor López is one of the nation's leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States since the civil rights era. He is the author of three books and his writings have appeared across a range of sources, from the Yale Law Journal to the New York Times. As a celebration of civil rights, Professor Haney‐López’s presentation will be followed by a reception honoring McGeorge Distinguished Professor Brian Landsberg.

On Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., filmmaker Abby Ginzberg will lead a discussion following the film screening of "Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa." The film documents the life of Albie Sachs, a relatively less known civil rights activist, in correlation to South Africa’s long and agonizing walk to freedom.

Professor Anita Bernstein from Brooklyn Law School will present "The Diversity Rationale for Affirmative Action: A (Scripted) Dialogue with Justice Kennedy" on Feb. 5, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Professor Bernstein is a nationally recognized authority on tort law and feminist jurisprudence, as well as professional responsibility and products liability.

On Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jo Becker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reported for the New York Times, will discuss "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality.” Forcing the Spring is an account of five remarkable years in U.S. civil rights history: when the United States experienced a tectonic shift on the issue of marriage equality.

Distinguished Speaker Series Fall 2014

The Distinguished Speaker Series began the 2014-2015 academic year with Dr. Stephan Kirste, Deputy Head of the Department of Social and Economic Sciences at the Law Faculty of the University of Salzburg and Head of academic group of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, who presented "Is There a Human Right to Democracy?" on Aug. 26, 2014.

Ambassador Arsene Balihuta presented "Trade Liberalization for Least Developed Countries: WTO, Bretton Woods and Regional North South Trade Agreements" on Oct. 2, 2014. Balihuta was Uganda's ambassador to Switzerland and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and currently is senior advisor on public private partnerships to the president of the Republic of Uganda.