Kenneth W. Mack, Harvard Historian and FOB (Friend of Barack), to Talk Civil Rights at UCI

Historian, award-winning author and 2008 presidential election season talking head Kenneth W. Mack delivers the UC Irvine law school's Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture Thursday afternoon on “The Civil Rights Movement, 50 Years On.”

Two days later, law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky is among the speakers at an all-day symposium on “Prisoners' Access to Justice: Exploring Legal, Medical and Educational Rights.”


Mack, the inaugural Lawrence Biele Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, wrote Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer and co-edited The New Black: What Has Changed–and What Has Not–With Race in America, both of which were published in 2012.

Speaking of editing, Mack was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review when his friend and classmate, Barack Obama, served as its president.

His lecture runs from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday on the campus at 401 E. Peltason Drive, EDU 1111, Irvine. A reception follows. The event is free and open to the public, but you should RSVP to kc******@la*.edu to guarantee a seat.

Saturday's symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is being organized by UCI law students and brings together legal and medical experts and ex-prisoners to discuss ways to increase access to rights.

Four panels on specific topics are scheduled to run throughout the day. For more details, visit Speaker bios are here:

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