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Big 10 Law School Speaker Series: Perspectives on Race, Law, and Equality

A Speaker Series Offered by the Big 10 Law Schools

This 12-week series consists of lectures relating to trending and important topics such as race, law, equality, and other relevant issues. We are delighted that Penn State Law in University Park Professor Eleanor Brown will be presenting on Tuesday, September 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Zoom. Professor Brown will share her thoughts on Demsetz, property, and differential approaches to feeding slaves in the British West Indies and the Antebellum Southern United States. Please visit for more information or register here.

All presentations by the Big 10 law schools, from September 1 – November 17, are hosted on Zoom and each lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time and conclude by 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required to attend the online lectures.

Speakers and Topics

September 1

Kevin Washburn (Iowa) and Matthew L.M. Fletcher (MSU)

University of Iowa College of Law and Michigan State University College of Law "Up Next: Erasure (Native Americans in the 21st Century)"
September 8 Barbara O'Brien and Catherine Grosso Michigan State University "Local History, Practice and Statistics: A Study on the Influence of Race on the Administration of Capital Punishment in Hamilton County, Ohio (1992-2017)"
September 15 Suja Thomas University of Illinois College of Law "The Customer Caste: Lawful Discrimination by Public Businesses"
September 22 Fionnuála Ní Aolain University of Minnesota School of Law "Human Rights in a Time of Pandemic"
September 29 Eleanor Brown Penn State Law in University Park "Some Thoughts on Demsetz, Property, and Differential Approaches to Feeding Slaves in the British West Indies and the Antebellum Southern United States"
October 6 Robin Walker Sterling Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law "Vestiges of US Chattel Slavery in Modern-Day Criminal Law and Procedure"
October 13 Taja-Nia Henderson Rutgers Law School "Origin Stories: American Slavery and the Race to Incarcerate"
October 20 Jessica Shoemaker University of Nebraska College of Law "Fee Simple Failures: Race and Rural Landscapes"
October 27 Jessica Eaglin Indiana University Maurer School of Law "Toward a Structural Conception of Race in Criminal Administration"
November 3 Tonya Brito University of Wisconsin Law School "Race and Inequality in Family Court"
November 10 Maneka Sinha University of Maryland School of Law "Criminalization as a Control Method: The Evolution of a Racialized System of Criminal Justice"
November 17 Amna Akbar Ohio State University Moritz College of Law "An Abolitionist Horizon for Police Reform"