Constitution Day Speaker: Affimative Action and Universities
Penn State Law Professor Carla Pratt
Tuesday, September 17 at 4pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
Constitutional Principles and The Double Bind of Affirmative Action
Carla Pratt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
Professor Pratt will discuss the role of constitutional principles in legal arguments for and against race conscious admissions policies in higher education and the ways in which such arguments reflect insufficient allusions to and underspecified notions of governmental and societal interests. She will also discuss the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas, a case challenging the consideration of race in college admissions, and the potential implications of the decision for debates about equal protection and diversity.
Constitution Day Lecture, co-sponsored with the Departments of Political Science, Africana Studies, Public Policy, and the Office of Student Life