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VIRTUAL EVENT: BOOK TALK: How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart

Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Members and VESP holders: Free | Visitors: $5

Book Talk: How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart

Jamal Greene in conversation with Randall Kennedy

Rights are a sacred part of American identity. Yet they were an afterthought for the Framers, and early American courts rarely enforced them. Only as a result of the racial strife that exploded during the Civil War—and a series of resulting missteps by the Supreme Court—did rights gain such outsized power. The result is a system of legal absolutism that distorts our law and debases our politics. Over and again, courts have treated rights conflicts as zero-sum games in which awarding rights to one side means denying rights to others. Eminent legal scholar Jamal Greene reveals how the explosion of rights is dividing America, and shows how we can build a better system of justice.

Jamal Greene is Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Hon. John Paul Stevens, he was a reporter for Sports Illustrated from 1999–2002. He lives in New York City. 
 
Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of six books, including Race, Crime, and the Law, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, and of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 

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