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Harvard legal scholar to speak at IU Maurer School of Law series on Brown v. Board of Education

Sept. 18, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A distinguished constitutional law scholar will deliver the Jerome Hall Lecture at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on Thursday, Sept. 25, as part of a semester-long series on the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Mark Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will address the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education in his talk, "Parents Involved and the Struggle for Historical Memory." In the 2007 Parents Involved case, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down voluntary school integration programs in Louisville and Seattle, giving rise to the debate over what historians have called the struggle for historical memory. Tushnet will examine the politics of memory in the larger context of contending positions in today’s constitutional law.

Tushnet graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall. At Harvard, he specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and currently a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.

The Hall Lecture is named for Jerome Hall, an internationally recognized faculty member at the IU Maurer School of Law from 1939 to 1970. He was a pioneer in the interdisciplinary analysis of legal issues. The lecture will be at noon in the Law School’s Moot Court Room, with a reception afterward. The events are free and open to the public. Indiana continuing legal education credit is pending.