John L Warfield Center

"The Laws of Politics & Race in the Age of Obama"

Fri, November 20, 2009 | ISESE Gallery (JES A230) - The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

3:00 PM - 5:00 AM

Dr. Kareem Crayton, Associate Professor of Law and Politicla Science, University of California

According to early predictions, the inauguration of Barack Obama would usher in an era of post-racial thinking and behavior throughout American society.  Yet less than a year into this presidential term, many signs
of the well-known dynamics of racial politics remain evident in the electorate and in the president's approach to governing.  Was this inevitable?  And is it reversible?  Taking account of the scholarly literature on racial politics, I consider what the election of the nation's first black president has (and has not) changed about our
traditional understandings of racial politics.

Kareem Crayton is an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California.  He graduated from Stanford University with a J.D. and PhD in political science.  Crayton is a law and politics expert, specializing in research related to race, redistricting and political representation.  His scholarly work addresses many of the empirical and normative issues connected to litigation and enforcement of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, which enforces a norm of racial equality in the political system.  He has worked on behalf of the Congressional Black, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific American Caucuses on two major voting rights cases heard in the U.S. Supreme Court last term.-- Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder and Bartlett v. Strickland.  Additionally, his community work includes engagement with several policy reform efforts.  He is the research consultant for The Redistricting Game -- an online game designed to educate the public on the redistricting process and ideas for reform. He is also a member on a special advisory panel focused on outreach in preparation for California's upcoming independent redistricting commission.

Sponsored by: The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

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