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Law Scholar’s Lecture to Kickoff WSC Centennial Celebration


WAYNE,  Neb. (Oct. 26, 2009) -- Wayne State proudly announces that Dr. Michael J. Klarman, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School, will visit the college Nov. 5 to deliver the Dr. Sheila Stearns President’s Lecture on Public Affairs. Klarman will speak on “Backlash: The Unpredictable and Occasionally Perverse Consequences of Court Decisions” at 3:30 p.m. in Connell Hall Room 131 and “Why Brown v. Board of Education Was a Hard Case” at 7 p.m. in Gardner Auditorium.

Klarman earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. After law school, Klarman clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and served there until 2008 as the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History.


Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship and is the author of three books, most notably From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and for which he received the prestigious Bancroft Prize in History. 


Klarman’s lectures are part of Wayne State’s year-long celebration of the college’s 100 years as a state college. The Dr. Sheila Stearns President’s Lecture Series on Public Affairs brings to campus speakers of national and international distinction who have the ability to inspire students to think broadly about global issues and motivate them to become engaged in civic and public affairs. The talks are free and open to the public.

For information: Dr. Don Hickey, Wayne State professor of history, at 402-375-7298


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