On Sunday, Jan. 14, Indiana University Northwest will celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by hosting the program “An Afternoon with Lani Guinier,” featuring the esteemed civil-rights advocate and Harvard law professor.
Guinier is perhaps most famously known as President Bill Clinton’s 1993 nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Though her nomination ultimately fell victim to political issues, Guinier has nonetheless established herself as one of the country’s foremost authorities on civil rights, particularly with regard to issues like voting rights, minority representation and majority rule, and race and gender in politics.
In 1998, Guinier, a graduate of Radcliffe College and Yale Law School, became the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School. She had previously taught for 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
During President Jimmy Carter’s administration, Guinier served in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department as special assistant to then-Assistant Attorney General Drew S. Days. In the 1980s, Guinier led the Voting Rights Project for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.
Guinier is the author of six books, including “The Miner's Canary: Rethinking Race and Power,” “Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice,” and “The Tyranny of the Majority.” She regularly lectures at top American law schools and universities. Guinier has said that her decision to practice law was inspired by a desire to advocate fair play in the rules that govern our society and our democracy.
IU Northwest is pleased to host Guinier at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Tamarack Hall Theatre. Doors to the theatre will open at 1 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. The Northwest Indiana community is encouraged to take part in what promises to be an enjoyable and thought-provoking presentation.
“An Afternoon with Lani Guinier” is presented by the Black Student Union, the Office of Diversity and Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Department of Minority Studies.