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UCLA’s Carbado set for Dreyfous Lecture on Civil Liberties

February 27, 2014

UCLA Law Professor Devon Carbado

UCLA Law Professor Devon Carbado

UCLA Law Professor Devon Carbado, whose work explores race, identity and the impact of racial judgments on individuals and society, brings his expertise to Tulane Law School March 11 for the Dreyfous Lecture on Civil Liberties and Human Rights.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room 110, with a reception to follow in the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room.

Carbado, the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, joined the UCLA faculty in 1997 and quickly distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher. He was chosen professor of the year by the 2000 and 2006 graduating classes and receiving excellence in teaching awards from the law school and the university.

His 2013 book, Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America, written with Duke Law Professor Mitu Gulati, addresses the costs and pressures associated with conforming to — or rejecting — racial stereotypes.

The endowed lecture, established in 1965, honors George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous, community activists who dedicated their lives to advancing civil rights and liberties for all.

George Dreyfous, a New Orleans attorney, founded the Louisiana Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. A graduate of Tulane University and Harvard Law School, he served in the U.S. Army during World War I and in the Navy during World War II.  He died in 1961.

Mathilde Dreyfous, a Baton Rouge native who grew up in Cincinnati, worked closely with her husband toward ending segregation and discrimination against African-Americans, and she was active in the League of Women Voters. She died in 1992.

Past Dreyfous lecturers have included Attorney General Eric Holder, former U.S. Civil Rights Commission Chair Mary Frances Berry, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and legendary federal Judges J. Skelly Wright and John Minor Wisdom (L ’29).


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