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MLK Day Lecture to focus on legacy of racism in America

Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley to discuss systemic racism Jan. 18


Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley will discuss systemic racism in an MLK lecture at ASU on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

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January 11, 2022

What do we mean when we use the term “systemic racism," and how does it differ from individual prejudice and legal discrimination? Do we oversimplify societal challenges by attributing all inequities to racism? 

This will be the topic of the conversation between Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley during the 2022 annual MLK Day Lecture, co-sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and by the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The lecture will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Memorial Union (Ventana Room) on Arizona State University's Tempe campus.

Bazelon is a professor of law and the director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Racial Justice clinical programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Wall Street Journal opinion columnist.

This event is also the second lecture in the "Can We Talk Honestly About Race" series and part of the Civic Discourse Project (2021-2022): Renewing America’s Civic Compact.

The event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Registration is available here

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