Social Justice Action Series: Activism in Academia
Activism in Academia with TED SHAW, Director, UNC Center for Civil Rights (flyer)
Come learn from Professor Shaw and discuss ways to advocate for change.
Event is public and open to all. Please RSVP here if you’d like to attend!
When: Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:00pm (lecture begins at 5:30 pm; followed by “dinner and discuss” groups, catered by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Cafe)
Where: UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC
Live Streaming: Can’t make it in person? Participate through live stream.
Theodore M. Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. Professor Shaw teaches Civil Procedure and Advanced Constitutional Law/Fourteenth Amendment. Before joining the faculty of UNC Law School, he served on the faculty of Columbia and Michigan Law Schools, among others. He has more than three decades of experience in civil rights advocacy, beginning his legal career as a Trial Attorney in the Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., in 1979. Since then, he has worked in various capacities and positions, with much experience with litigation of education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts, and in the United States Supreme Court. His human rights work has taken him to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Professor Shaw was the fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. While at Michigan, he played a key role in initiating a review of the law school’s admissions practices and policies, and served on the committee that promulgated the admissions program that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 in Grutter v. Bollinger. Mr. Shaw served on the Obama Transition Team after the 2008 presidential election, as team leader for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
Professor Ted Shaw will address key issues that are relevant to engaging in activism in a public university (as opposed to a private one), drawing on historical examples and current circumstances. He will speak to what we are in the position to do in our roles as students, faculty, staff, and human beings. He will also also discuss the costs and benefits of engaging and not engaging, in this unique historical moment.