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Angela P. Harris to Deliver Dewey Lecture

APRIL 14, 2008—Berkeley Law Professor Angela P. Harris will deliver the Dewey Lecture, "The 'L' Word: Love in the Restorative Justice Movement and in Legal Theory," this Tuesday, April 15.

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Angela P. Harris is a professor of law, University of California Berkeley (Berkeley Law), where she teaches criminal law, environmental justice, and seminars on jurisprudence and subordination. Her research centers on the relationship between law and subordination in the United States, with a focus on the interrelationships of race, gender, class, and sexuality as sites of both oppression and resistance. Her articles on critical race theory and feminist theory have been widely anthologized, and she has co-authored several casebooks, including Criminal Law; Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America; and Economic Justice.

Her recent article, "From Stonewall to the Suburbs? Toward a Political Economy of Sexuality," received the Dukeminier Award from the Williams Institute at UCLA for 2007’s best article on sexual orientation issues. Harris has received the 2008 Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Section of the American Association of Law Schools for her commitment to mentoring junior scholars of color, the 2003 Rutter Award for teaching excellence from Berkeley Law, and the 2003 Matthew O. Tobriner Public Service Award from the San Francisco Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center. She is active in LatCrit, a national organization of progressive law faculty members of color.

The John Dewey Lecture in the Philosophy of Law is named in honor of John Dewey, American philosopher, educator, and scholar. A proponent of legal realism, Dewey’s philosophy of pragmatism related his conception of a moral life to a variety of contemporary social, economic, and political issues. Dewey lived from 1859 to 1952 and spent one year as a professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota. The John Dewey lecture is funded by a grant from the John Dewey Foundation, and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School to provide a forum for significant scholarly contributions to the development of jurisprudence.

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