Critical Race Studies Symposium

Established in 2007, through a collaboration of CRS students and faculty, the CRS Symposium is the signature event of the UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program. The purpose of the event is to foreground the most innovative ideas and strategies to end racial injustice, to promote learning and collaboration across disciplines, and to integrate racial justice theory and practice.

The Symposium is also the site of the Reunion of Friends and Alumni of CRS, which consists of UCLA Law graduates and others who share our mission to think new ideas, teach new leaders and scholars, and to transform racial justice advocacy.

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2021 Symposium: Rebellious Lawyering - Reverberations From One Chicano's Radical Vision

Please save the dates of September 24th and 25th, 2021 for our rescheduled CRS symposium honoring the work and legacy of our own Jerry López and a belatedly celebrating the 20th anniversary of CRS.

Gerald P. López published Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano's Vision of Progressive Law Practice in 1992. For three decades, the book has reverberated across the United States and other countries too—challenging the color-blind, experts-rule approach of conventional "public interest law" and providing an alternative radical vision for how to practice problem solving. That radical vision has triggered fundamental changes in progressive work of all sorts, in clinical and, more broadly, legal and university-wide education, and in how bloggers, journalists, professionals, and scholars debate how lawyers might most likely become co-eminent allies with clients, communities, and movements militant in their efforts to transform the world. Race, racism, and anti-racism – challenging subordination and authoritarianism in all forms – are at the center of López's vision, and UCLA Law's Critical Race Studies program (CRS) is honored to devote its 20th Anniversary Symposium to looking at rebellious lawyering past, present and future.

CRS Symposia

Note: Video recordings are also available for many past CRS events.

  • 2019: Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights Transnational Re-imaginings

    Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings

    Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings

     

    MARCH 8, 2019

    UCLA's Critical Race Studies Program, Promise Institute for Human Rights, International and Comparative Law Program and Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs hosted a one-day conference at the UCLA School of Law on Friday, March 8, 2019, exploring critical topics in contemporary international human rights law from the joint perspectives of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL).

    Videos:

  • 2017: From Colorblindness to White Nationalism?: Emerging Racial Formations in the Trump Era

    From Colorblindness to White Nationalism?: Emerging Racial Formations in the Trump Era

    MARCH 3, 2017

    Symposium Videos

    Welcome Remarks

    Video

    • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law
    • Noah Zatz, Professor, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

    Panel 1: Restoring the White Nation: The Racialization of Immigrants

    Videos: Intro | Abrego | Achiume | Q&A

    Through the manipulation of borders, physical and conceptual, current expressions of white nationalism are deeply invested in configuring the immigrant as a racial subject whose presence, whether officially sanctioned by law or not, whether formal citizen or not, poses a threat to national identity and the political order. Thus, while domestic populations with non-European immigrant origins and transnational communities are embedded in the national fabric, they remain foreign in a racial sense to the white nation state. This panel will explore the various dimensions of this issue by considering how the expansion of markets and political instability create conditions for displacement and dislocation, how immigration law and policy intersects with gender, and further how the racial construction of domestic immigrant communities distorts and obscures realities.Leisy Abrego, Associate Professor, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

    • Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Law
    • Gary Segura, Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
    • Moderator: Joseph Berra, Clinical and Experiential Project Director, UCLA School of Law

    Panel 2: Racialized State Violence

    Videos: Intro | Ocen | Bâli | Roy | Q&A

    Securing the nation as a racially vulnerable white subject requires the identification and monitoring of enemies who are defined in racial terms as threats to national security at home, agents of disorder globally, and disruptions of normative gender and sexuality. This panel will explore the continuities and distinctions between emergent and earlier forms of racialized state violence and surveillance, as legitimized and structured by law. While the historical origins of racialized state violence run deep and long, to what extent has the Trump era intensified and created new forms and logics to justify both overt and less direct technologies of state violence and social control? How do these systems interrelate and reinforce each other?

    • Aslı Bâli, Professor, UCLA School of Law and Director, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
    • Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School, UCLA School of Law '06
    • Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare and Director of The Institute on Inequality and Democracy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
    • Moderator: Sherod Thaxton, Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Law

    Panel 3: Racial Neo-Liberalism and White Supremacy

    Videos: Intro | Harris | Razack | Speed | Q&A

    Nationalism routinely is figured in opposition to globalization, and in particular to the transnational practices of neoliberal economic policies. And yet a specifically white racial character has facilitated transnational identification and collaboration among nationalisms in the US, the UK, and Russia, to name a few. Meanwhile, nationalisms long have provided a basis for the economic projects of racial capitalism, as institutionalized in part through law, and whether pursued through transnational imperialism, settler colonialism, or racial caste. This panel will explore the ongoing reconfiguration of these relations among race, nation, and political economy.

    • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law
    • Sherene Razack, Distinguished Professor and Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women's Studies, UCLA Department of Gender Studies
    • Shannon Speed, Associate Professor, UCLA Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, and Director, American Indian Studies Center
    • Moderator: Noah Zatz, Professor, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

    Panel 4: Race and Resistance: Social Movements in the Post-Trump Era

    Video

    Alongside the (re)emergence of a vocal white, masculinist nationalism, we are also witnessing the rise of widespread resistance to this articulation of the nation-state. Social movements that emerged in the wake of the 2016 election and those that have existed prior are reassessing strategies towards, and their conception of, racial and social justice. In this panel, we will explore the formation of new political configurations and the response of existing social movements. Is it necessary for social movements to reimagine themselves in light of emergent threats, or does this moment simply continue long-standing power structures, racial and otherwise? How do we conceptualize effective and inclusive resistance, with the simultaneous move towards a prioritization of intersectional analysis and the centering of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations as well as a backlash against “identity politics” and its perceived potential for divisiveness? What is the role of lawyers and the legal community in creating social change in this environment? What legal strategies need to be deployed considering the administration’s posturing vis-á-vis the judiciary? And given the multiple fronts on which resistance efforts are being fought, how can social movements remain sustainable and impactful over the long-term?

    • Zakaria (Zack) Mohamed, Los Angeles Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
    • Carmina Ocampo, Staff Attorney and Immigrants’ Rights Program Strategist, Lambda Legal
    • Ameena Mirza Qazi, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles
    • Ignacia Rodriguez, Immigration Policy Advocate, National Immigration Law Center, UCLA School of Law '13
    • Melanie Yazzie, Acting Assistant Professor, Gender & Sexuality Studies, UC Riverside
    • Moderator: Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law

    Closing Remarks

    • Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law
  • 2015: Race and Resistance: Against Police Violence

    Race and Resistance: Against Police Violence

    OCTOBER 16-17, 2015

    October 16

    Welcome

    • Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor
    • Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Professor of Law, Professor of Asian-American Studies (By Courtesy), Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies, UCLA
    • Hon. David S. Cunningham III, Los Angeles Superior Court

    Opening Roundtable: Understanding Police Violence

    Structured in the form of a roundtable, this opening plenary will lay the foundation for the rest of the conference. In addition to commenting on the causes of police violence and the role of law and civil rights organizing in solving the problem, panelists will discuss the ways in which police violence is implicated in immigration law, welfare policy, the school-to-prison pipeline, among other forms of state decision-making that, as a formal matter, sometimes occur outside of the criminal justice system. In the context of the foregoing engagements, the panel will take an intersectional approach, highlighting the impact of police and other forms of state violence on cis women and transgendered, queer, and gender-non-conforming people.

    Moderator: Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice

    1. Congresswoman Karen Bass, 37th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
    2. Povi-Tamu Bryant, Member, #BlackLivesMatter; Inter-Group Relations Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
    3. Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
    4. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law, Columbia and UCLA School of Law
    5. Thomas Harvey, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Arch City Defenders
    6. Wesley Lowery, National Reporter, The Washington Post
    7. Jyoti Nanda, Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law

    October 17

    Welcome

    • Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program
    • Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Critical Race Studies Program Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

    Plenary: Causes and Consequences of Police Misconduct

    As recent events demonstrate, police violence and misconduct against people of color is systemic. For the families most immediately affected as well as the communities in which they reside, the consequences are traumatic and often lethal. Police misconduct is not isolated from broader social practices, policies and laws that implicate race, and indeed, in many ways, these practices arguably enable and incentivize misconduct. This panel will explore the underlying assumptions, causes, and conceptions that animate racial profiling, use of force, and everyday policing practices that literally and symbolically devalue communities of color.

    Moderator: Devon Carbado, The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, Critical Race Studies Program Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

    1. Amna Akbar, Assistant Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
    2. Delroy Burton, Chairman, DC Police Union
    3. Phillip Atiba Goff, Associate Professor of Psychology, UCLA
    4. Senator Holly J. Mitchell, 30th District of California
    5. Angela R. Riley, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    6. Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow and Civil Rights Attorney

    Keynote: Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York

    Introduction: Adam Romero, Senior Counsel and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

    Plenary: Litigating Against Police Misconduct

    A significant question with respect to ongoing incidences of police violence is whether law can solve the problem. To put the question directly: Can we litigate our way out of the problem of police violence? The answer, it turns out, is “no.” A complex set of legal doctrines—from different areas of law—converge to make it enormously difficulty to hold police officers criminally or civilly liable for their acts of violence. The purpose of this panel is to highlight this litigation difficulty and explore whether there are opportunities to overcome it.

    Moderator: Beth Colgan, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    1. Paul Butler, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
    2. Cynthia Lee, Charles Kennedy Poe Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law
    3. Sunita Patel, Practitioner-in-Residence, Civil Advocacy Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
    4. Joanna C. Schwartz, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    5. Kenneth M. Trujillo-Jamison, Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson
    6. Pete White, Founder and Co-Director, Los Angeles Community Action Network

    Closing Roundtable: Identifying Solutions

    While recognizing the longstanding and deeply embedded nature of the problem of police misconduct and violence, this panel takes up the difficult question of how to craft meaningful responses. In addition to legal reform, current debates around body cams and different models of civilian oversight are considered. However, because police violence is bound up with structural issues that include inequitable laws, economic inequality and racialized perceptions, to achieve lasting, sustainable change, the panel will consider some of the broader solutions and interventions.

    Moderator: Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Critical Race Studies Program Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

    1. Peter Bibring, Director of Police Practices, ACLU of California
    2. Shiu-Ming Cheer, Immigration Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
    3. Nana Gyamfi, Attorney, Crenshaw Legal Clinic, Human Rights Advocacy
    4. Kathleen Kim, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School; Los Angeles Police Commissioner
    5. Kim McGill, Organizer, Youth Justice Coalition
    6. Isa Noyola, Program Manager, Transgender Law Center

    Closing

    • Jennifer Mnookin, Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

     

  • 2014: WHITENESS AS PROPERTY: A 20-Year Appraisal

    WHITENESS AS PROPERTY: A 20-Year Appraisal

     

    OCTOBER 2-4, 2014

    MAIN PANELS

    See also Concurrent Sessions below Main Panels.

    In 1993, the Harvard Law Review published Cheryl Harris's now seminal article, Whiteness as Property. Over the past two decades, the article has had tremendous impact inside and outside of legal academia, as well as within and beyond the borders of the United States. Broadly articulated, the purpose of this conference is to map and critically examine this impact. More precisely, the conference will explore the multiple trajectories along which Whiteness as Property has travelled and query whether and to what extent its conceptual framework has been re-constituted or re-articulated in the process. Over two and a half days, the conference will reflect on the political, legal, and intellectual context out of which Whiteness as Property emerged, explore how, if at all, its theoretical arguments have been revised, interrogate the impact of Whiteness as Property across academic disciplines, consider its relevance for a range of civil rights debates, as well as its implications globally, and examine the mobilization of the ideas in Whiteness as Property as pedagogy, legal practice, and social movement organizing. Our hope is to foster a conversation not only about where Whiteness as Property has gone but also about where it might have traction and still needs to go.

    October 2, 2014

    Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium

    • Dean Rachel Moran, Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • M. Belinda Tucker, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Center for Culture and Health, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine, Vice Provost, Institute of American Cultures, Faculty Associate, Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA

    Whiteness As Property: Critical Foundations

    Moderator:

    • Devon W. Carbado, The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
    • Neil Gotanda, Professor of Law, Western State College of Law
    • Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA
    • Margaret Jane Radin, Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, The University of Michigan Law School
    • Angela R. Riley, Professor of Law, Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Director, MA/JD Joint Degree Program in Law and American Indian Studies, Co-director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center, UCLA School of Law

    Panel Description:

    When the Harvard Law Review published Whiteness as Property in 1993, Critical Race Theory was still in a formative moment, though already influencing and being influenced by other legal discourses, including feminist legal theory and critical legal studies. By this time, the Supreme Court had solidified its retreat from race conscious remedies, affirmed and undermined Native American sovereignty, and continued to normalize male and heterosexual baselines in adjudicating sex discrimination claims. The domain of ordinary politics was no less fraught. The very year Whiteness made its debut, Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States, inaugurating a new kind of racial liberalism that sought to “mend but not end” affirmative action, “reform” (essentially gut) welfare, and facilitate legislative efforts to broaden law enforcement powers, furthering the “War on Drugs” and enabling the removal and deportation of undocumented persons from the United States. The foregoing developments were crucial predicates for the continued criminalization of poor communities and people of color, the expansion of the apparatus of incarceration, and the inauguration of the War on Terror in the aftermath of 9/11. On the other side of the globe, Africa’s newest democracy was emerging from apartheid oppression—a system that came into being alongside and in concert with its counterpart in the United States: Jim Crow. Understanding the apartheid/Jim Crow genesis and genealogies, including the extent to which their effects on both regimes transcend their formal demise, is crucial to understanding both the initial articulation of Whiteness as Property and the way in which the concept would travel.

    October 3, 2014

    Plenary: Whiteness as Property and Contemporary Civil Rights Debates

    Moderator:

    • Laura E. Gómez, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
    • Russell Robinson, The Distinguished Haas Chair in LGBT Equity Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
    • Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
    • Robert St. Martin Westley, LOCHEF Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Tulane University School of Law
    • Noah D. Zatz, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panel Description:

    Paradoxically, the fact that Barack Obama is the President of the United States has made the pursuit of racial justice harder than ever. His ascendance to the forefront of U.S. politics ushered in the rhetoric of “post-racialism” or, roughly, the idea that we have overcome the racial problems that once plagued our nation. Significantly, proponents of post-racialism do not deny that racial inequality persists; rather, they locate those inequalities in the choices, or “cultural pathologies,” particularly of Blacks and Latin@s. Other communities of color--Asian and Muslim specifically-- are differentially racialized, as “foreign” and “dangerous” respectively, similarly justifying discriminatory treatment as logical, necessary, and normatively legitimate. This framing of the racial landscape as one that occludes and normalizes racial inequality is precisely what Whiteness as Property sought to foreground—the subtle but significant ways in which legal regimes, political discourses, and cultural practices entrench and render invisible the cumulative advantages of whiteness. This panel considers how these advantages shape and affect a range of important contemporary civil rights debates in order to reveal and disrupt the instantiation of whiteness as the unarticulated racial default against which legal disputes are articulated, adjudicated, and culturally understood.

    Plenary: Teaching Whiteness as Property: Pedagogical Implications of the Theory

    Moderator:

    • Jerry Kang, Professor of Law, Professor of Asian American Studies, Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Sumi Cho, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
    • Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, Director of Conference Programs, C-LEAF, The George Washington University Law School
    • Charles R. Lawrence, III, Professor of Law, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Centennial Professor, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
    • Daniel Solórzano, Professor of Education, Director, All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (UC/ACCORD), UCLA
    • Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

    Panel Description:

    Most law schools in the United States offer a basic course in Race and the Law and most universities offer at least one ethnic studies course or a course that engages race through a particular disciplinary frame. Yet, scholars who teach race in various disciplines have had few opportunities to engage each other about the substantive ways in which they teach racial inequality and the pedagogical challenges of doing so. This panel will explore the extent to which the ideas advanced by Whiteness as Property are useful frames for interrogating race in the classroom and for challenging the disciplinary conventions around which colleges and universities are organized. The panelists will also take up questions of institutional culture, with particular attention to how Whiteness as Property might be used to highlight the ways in which colleges and universities function as racialized spaces and institutions, as well as how the professions themselves reinforce exclusionary logics. This examination is necessary for developing interventions that disrupt these patterns and facilitate the elimination of racially-biased structures and practices.

    Plenary: Global Engagements with Whiteness as Property

    Moderator:

    • Asli Ü. Bâli, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • E. Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • George Bisharat, Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law
    • Tanya Hernández, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
    • Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Professor of Indigenous Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Member
    • Albie Sachs, Visiting Professor of Law and Gruber Global Constitutionalism Fellow, Yale Law School

    Panel Description:

    The problem of race and racial inequality transcends the United States. Across the globe, different nations have promulgated different legal regimes to combat the racial vulnerabilities of non-white populations. As in the United States, these efforts have met with various levels of success, but none has eliminated the operation of whiteness as a baseline that embeds racial hierarchy. In this respect, it is fair to say that the normalization and privileging of whiteness is a global phenomenon with which scholars and practitioners have had to contend. At the same time, there are distinctions between how whiteness is constituted in and across different contexts and how it intersects with broader contestations concerning human rights, indigeneity, national formations, and conflict. How they have done so is the subject of this panel. Close attention will be paid to whether there are lessons for the United States in the ways in how whiteness operates outside of its borders—and whether contestations of whiteness as property “at home” can be usefully redeployed to challenge legal and political regimes in other national contexts.

    October 4, 2014

    Plenary: Whiteness as Property and Legal Praxis

    Moderator:

    • Jyoti Nanda, Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Margaret A. Burnham, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
    • Mari J. Matsuda, Professor of Law, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
    • Tracy L. McCurty, Executive Director, Black Belt Justice Center
    • Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Saúl Sarabia, Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panel Description:

    This panel explores how Whiteness as Property functions as praxis—that is, as an asset of ideas that shape legal practice, policy interventions, political and legal discourse, and community engagement. Through examining historical and contemporary contestations implicating race, the article identified an inherent tension between the continued valorization of whiteness as treasured property in law and the uneven and partial apparatus of law reform that both targeted and legitimated racial inequality. This panel seeks to broaden the lens to consider a range of other locations that manifest these themes, as well as possibilities for their disruption through theoretically informed action. Litigation, public policy debates, and social movements are all sites in which praxis is both possible and necessary. This panel considers how the themes explored in Whiteness as Property can shape both analysis and action in contemporary law and policy debates involving social justice issues such as immigration, affirmative action, restitution, and interracial community engagement and organizing.

    Keynote: Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law

    Whiteness as Property Across the Disciplines

    Moderator:

    • Sherod Thaxton, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Eric Avila, Professor of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
    • George Lipsitz, Professor, UC Santa Barbara
    • Michael Omi, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
    • Daria Roithmayr, George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Chair in Law, USC Gould School of Law
    • Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, UC Berkeley School of Law

    Panel Description:

    Whiteness as Property argued that the ruthless enforcement of racial boundaries via law and legal institutions featured as an essential aspect of racial subordination. This central claim, though fundamentally grounded in law and legal doctrine, had implications for the study of racial inequality more generally. In particular, the argument that whiteness was a rigorously policed resource from which people could derive material benefits proved crucial to broadening the study of race from the question of what racism takes away to the question of what it confers. This panel considers how the ideas Whiteness as Property advanced have circulated and shaped the framing of racial inequality across disciplines. This engagement will include a discussion of whether the way in which Whiteness as Property has travelled outside of the law can shape how we understand subordination, power, and identities in the context of law.

    Closing: Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law

     

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    See also Main Panels above Concurrent Sessions.

    October 3

    1. Whiteness as Property in Practice: Attorneys of Color in White Spaces

    Moderator:

    • Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

    Panelists:

    • Meera Deo, Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Discrimination in Hiring and Promoting Law Faculty of Color
    • Bryant Garth, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law; Race and Ethnicity through the Lens of the After the J.D. Project
    • Luz Herrera, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Experiential Learning, and Public Service, UCLA School of Law; Whiteness as Property in Public Interest Lawyering

    Panel description:

    Historically, the practice of law has been an elite endeavor. The profession privileged those who asserted a property interest in being white and male, relegating others to non‐participatory positions. In one instance, the court upheld a law specifying that non‐whites could not even testify against whites. In another, judges opined that the “natural and proper timidity and delicacy” of women deemed them unfit for legal practice. More commonly, and more recently, regulation of the white‐normative aspects of the legal profession has tracked the shift in racism generally, becoming more “subtle though no less damaging.” Thus, the culture of the legal profession remains overwhelmingly white and xenophobic. In legal academia, whiteness is maintained both through implicit bias and direct discrimination against entry‐level candidates, while senior scholars of color may be reluctant to assume leadership roles based on the race‐based challenges they anticipate. Practicing attorneys of color may face fewer initial hurdles, at least in the corporate sector. Yet, few lawyers of color successfully climb the corporate law firm ladder to partnership and leadership positions. Even in public interest settings, which many expect are flooded with attorneys of color committed to social justice, the environment is often unfriendly to people of color who seek to change the traditional white paradigm. This panel will explore white spaces in the legal profession, focusing explicitly on the ways in which a vested property interest in whiteness continues to exclude and isolate attorneys of color. The discussion will include both challenges facing legal academics, corporate attorneys, and public interest lawyers of color, and strategies for combatting ongoing discrimination in order to achieve professional success.

    2. Beyond Whiteness: Exploring Property Interests in Racial and Sexual Identities

    Moderator:

    • Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Assistant Professor of Law, Whittier Law School

    Panelists:

    • Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Whiteness as a Sexual and Racial Modality of Property Relations in the Nineteenth Century Arizona-Sonora Borderlands
    • Osamudia James, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Identity Politics as Resilience
    • Stewart Chang, Assistant Professor of Law, Whittier Law School; Racial Capitalism and Jeremy Lin: Deconstructing the 'Merits' of the NBA Contract
    • Ainsley LeSure, Lecturer, Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Chicago; Interrogating the Interrelationship Between Identity Politics and the Concept of Property
    • Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Assistant Professor of Law, Whittier Law School; Social Identity as Commons

    Panel description:

    This panel explores the scholarly extension of Cheryl Harris’s argument in Whiteness as Property. The papers discuss the property interests present in identities other than whiteness and examine how identity generally, but racial and sexual identities specifically, operates as property in society. The papers also explore how minority identity responds under the weight and shadow of power and in the margins of whiteness (and other dominant identities) as property. This panel expands the concept of whiteness as property, and applies the conceptualization outside of whiteness. The goal is to demonstrate the concept’s utility for understanding identity, property relations, social interaction, and politics amongst a variety of social groups.

    This diverse, multi-disciplinary panel examines Harris’s argument from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (i.e., American Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History, Law, Political Theory, and Sociology), interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives, and empirical examples. The panel examines race and sexuality both generally, and specifically, from blackness in entertainment, through heterosexual brownness on the U.S. Mexico border, to the commodification of commercial sex work in yellowface.

    3. Colonialism as Property,Whiteness as Colonialism

    Moderator:

    • Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History UCLA

    Panelists:

    • Nina Farnia, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, UC Davis; Colonialism Without Colonies: Palestine, Iran, and Resistance to American Empire
    • Justin Leroy, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Charles Warren Center for American History, Harvard University; Slavery, Settler Colonialism, and the History of Black Anti-Imperialism
    • Manijeh Nasrabadi, UC President’s Post-Doctoral Fellow, Asian American Studies UC Davis; Imperial Model Minorities Gone Rogue: Iranian Foreign Students in the Revolutionary Convergence
    • Magid Shihade, Professor, Institute of International Studies, Birzeit University; Israel in Asia, Israel in the Globe: Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Rupture

    Panel description:

    This panel seeks to explicate the relationship between white supremacy and colonialism in the age of American empire. Panelists will focus on the manifestations of white supremacy and colonialism both in the United States and in West Asia, the region commonly called “the Middle East.” The panelists will evaluate the repression of different racial communities in the United States and their resistance both to that repression and to the emerging American empire, arguing that colonialism is a constitutive factor in the making of American racial groups, domestic civil rights and immigration policies, and U.S.-based social movements. Thus, colonialism emerges as an organizing force not merely in the distribution of land and resources in the U.S., but throughout the uneven and contested terrains of American law and politics, as Cheryl Harris argues in Whiteness as Property.

    Globally, American-style white supremacy continues to manifest itself throughout the region of West Asia. Panelists will consider the role of Israel as a U.S. proxy in the region, which is both governed by and espouses an explicit white supremacist politic. Iran continues to be the only major state actor in the region challenging both Israeli and American power, while also attempting to expand its own influence. Panelists will argue that the relations between Israel, the U.S. and Iran obscure a complicated, uneven web of colonial and neo-colonial relations that facilitate the expansion of U.S. empire throughout much of the Arab world, Central Asia and parts of Africa.

    4. Food, Health, and Whiteness as Property

    Moderator:

    • Margot J. Pollans, Teaching Fellow, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Ernesto Hernández-López, Professor of Law, Dale E. Fowler School of Law; Banning Sriracha: Municipal Authority and Racial Exclusion as Property
    • Andrea Freeman, Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law; Whiteness as Property and Food Oppression
    • Erin Kerrison, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Criminology and the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania; “Things Just Got Outta Hand”: White Ownership of Victimhood and the Race- Based Medicalization of Addiction

    Panel description:

    Ernesto Hernández-López unravels the “Srirachaapocalypse,” involving legal controversies around the possible halt of production of the hot sauce Sriracha in the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale in 2013, after concerns that its production emitted odors, causing a public nuisance. These controversies offer lessons on how insider-outsider dynamics are enflamed by municipal legal power and spatial exclusion. Andrea Freeman explores how food policy, created through the cooperation of the government and the food industry, results in food oppression - institutional, systemic, food-related action or policy that physically debilitates a socially subordinated group. An analysis of the role that whiteness plays in common health narratives is necessary to shed light on what drives food policy. Erin Kerrison draws upon empirical research that examines qualitative interviews conducted with approximately 300 drug-involved individuals released from prison in the 1990s, examining how drug-involved former prisoners conceive of their addiction and the extent to which race modifies ownership of a deviant status. Analyses are disaggregated by race and gender to identify whether patterns of meaning construction differ with inherited intersectional privilege.

    5. Whiteness as Property: Broadening the Framework

    Moderator:

    • Sumit Baudh, UCLA School of Law, Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Candidate 2016

    Panelists:

    • Timothy Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Cruel Irony: Legally Securing the Christian Dimension of Whiteness as Property
    • Brant T. Lee, Professor of Law, The University of Akron School of Law; From Self-Interest to Conscience
    • Nicholás Espíritu, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles office; J.D. UCLA School of Law ’02; Citizenship as Property
    • Amanda Werner, Legal Fellow, Office of US Senator Elizabeth Warren; J.D. UCLA School of Law ’14; Corporations are (White) People: How Corporate Privilege Reifies Whiteness as Property

    Panel description:

    Timothy Golden analyzes the recent Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., 573 U.S. _______ (2014), and its relationship to Employment Division of Human Resources v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990). Through this analysis, Golden attempts to answer these questions: Does a relationship exist between whiteness as a property right and religion? If so, then what is it? Does religion facilitate the enshrinement of whiteness as a property right in American legal traditions? Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) fulfill its intended purpose? Does RFRA protect religious liberty at the expense of racial justice? Brant T. Lee utilizes insights from cognitive and behavioral psychology to establish that modern race discrimination is carried out through autonomic, affective dispositions, rather than through conscious intent; thus, no racist intent or conspiracy is required in order to maintain systems of racial inequality. He then asks the question whether there is any moral obligation to address or correct racial inequality that is unfair, for which nobody in particular is to blame, since it is not the product of intentional malice. Nicholás Espíritu investigates wht the growth of populations with disaggregated citizenship – such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – means for efforts to achieve social justice and democratic legitimation. Amanda Werner suggests that the rise of corporate privilege has played a major role in enabling ongoing racial inequities, evolving and expanding with modern “colorblind” jurisprudence to reify white domination through an ostensibly race-neutral mechanism.

    6. Whiteness as Property: Appropriation and Intellectual Property (no video available)

    Moderator:

    • Kelly Orians, UCLA School of Law J.D. Candidate 2015

    Panelists:

    • Deidre Keller, Associate Professor of Law, The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law and Anjali Vats, Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College and Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Whiteness as (Intellectual) Property: Authorship and Transformativeness as Possession
    • Eunsong Kim, Ph.D. Candidate in Literature, U.C. San Diego; Interrogating Fountain: Whiteness & the Properties of Found
    • Shun-Ling Chen, Assistant Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica; Whiteness as Property in Copyright – The Case of Cultural Appropriation in the Contemporary Western Music Industry

    Panel description:

    Through the lens of intellectual property, Deidre Keller and Anjali Vats examine copyright’s central trope for evaluating the existence of fair use, namely that of “transformativeness,” as the concept is used to protect the economic, social, and political benefits associated with whiteness. Eunsong Kim examines how the Western processes and rationale that lead to the normalization of found/appropriation, found-object art, found literature and the concept of the readymade—are foundationally dependent on whiteness. Shun-Ling Chen argues that the copyright system appears to be neutral but is in fact a product of chirographic society. It disadvantages musicians from communities with strong oral traditions, including black and indigenous musicians.

    7. Whiteness as Property: Lessons on Property and Racial Privilege

    Moderator:

    • Jassmin Poyaoan, UCLA School of Law J.D. Candidate 2015

    Panelists:

    • Tom Romero, Professor of Law and History University of Denver; Teaching Whiteness as (the) Property Curriculum
    • Aleatra Williams, Associate Professor, Charleston School of Law; Lending Discrimination, the Foreclosure Crisis and the Perpetuation of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Homeownership in the U.S.
    • Priya Gupta, Associate Professor, Southwestern Law School; Governing the Single Family House: A (Brief) Legal History
    • Shirley Thompson, Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Playing the Numbers: Quantitative Analysis and the Effort to Establish Property in Blackness

    Panel description:

    Based upon his experiences of teaching first-year Property every year since 2004, Tom Romero explores the pedagogical challenges and rewards of teaching and learning property law through the lens of race within a predominantly white institution. Aleatra Williams draws attention to the role of lending discrimination in the housing crisis. The concomitant consequences of lending discrimination during this crisis are greater wealth loss for minorities, furthered racial segregation and widened gaps in home ownership in the U.S. Priya Gupta investigates connections between the extensive New Deal law and regulation that led to the proliferation of single family detached houses and the continuing racial and gender disparities in housing security and ownership in the U.S. Drawing on the work of urban historians, architects, and geographers as its foundation, Gupta excavates the often overlooked histories of the law, zoning, and federal regulation that built America’s housing. Shirley Thompson focuses on the critical period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and builds on the work of Avery Gordon, W.E.B. Du Bois, Toni Morrison, and others to theorize persistent anxieties over property rights in persons and the quantitative methods that make such rights visible, actionable, and exclusive.

    October 4

    1. Whiteness’s Aesthetic Properties

    Moderator:

    • andré douglas pond cummings, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana Tech Law School

    Panelists:

    • andré douglas pond cummings, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana Tech Law School; The Appearance of Diversity: Corporate Boardrooms, the Black Body, and the Property of a Good Photo-Op
    • Donald F. Tibbs, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University Law School; The Crime(s) of the Ear: Hip Hop Lyrics Aesthetic Properties in the Courtroom
    • Nick J. Sciullo, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Communication, Georgia State University; Who’s Afraid of the Boogeyman? The Racialization of Richard Sherman(‘s Dreadlocks)
    • Kim D. Chanbonpin, Associate Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School; Black, White, or Other: Colorism in the Asian American Community

    Panel description:

    This panel considers the aesthetic dimensions of whiteness as property by considering hip-hop lyrics, dress, hair styles, the black body, photography, and other aestheticized markers of otherness. Often the whiteness as property idea is crudely reduced to economic interests, taking Peggy MacIntosh’s “knapsack” analogy too literally. This panel blends the aesthetic with the material, offering suggestions for ways to resist aesthetic whiteness in a multiracial world. This discussion entails a reflection on both legal and political, to the extent those realms can be divorced from each other anymore, considerations in modern day diversity policy, criminal law, and media representations of people of color. Without an appreciation for whiteness’s aesthetic property, critical race scholars risk an overly narrow legal, political, or sociological analysis of whiteness that ignores its less concrete dimensions. To recast Justice Potter Stewart, “I know whiteness when I see it.” The visual metaphor presents a new way to consider whiteness beyond economic interests and static notions of critical legal analysis.

    2. But What About Me? Entitlement and Racial Identity

    Moderator:

    • Tristin Green, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law

    Panelists:

    • Tristin Green, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law; Personal Space and Racial Entitlement
    • Osamudia James, Professor, University of Miami School of Law; Diversity and White Racial Identity
    • Nancy Leong, Assistant Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Identity Entrepreneurs
    • Camille Gear Rich, Associate Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Marginal Whiteness Revisited
    • Leticia Saucedo, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law; Whiteness as Property and the Criminalization of “Wrongly Documented” Work

    Panel description:

    Entitlement is the latest buzzword. It is pervasive in the news media (e.g., used to explain the motivations of the white-biracial man behind the Santa Barbara massacre) and prominent in popular literature (e.g. used to characterize the “give me attitude” of citizens demanding government benefits in the book A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic). Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Americans’ preoccupation with entitlement is that the word has a radically unstable meaning, shifting reference in different public debates. It is used to describe everything from the basis for white, middle class rage about “entitlement- based” diversity programs such as affirmative action or public benefits to the attitudes of the white middle class itself, as it perceives certain social, cultural, and economic losses associated with the so-called browning of America.

    This panel uses Cheryl Harris’s seminal article Whiteness as Property as an opportunity to interrogate racial “entitlement” in American society. Despite CRT’s role in establishing the cultural relevance of the term, we believe that it remains under-theorized both in CRT and in the academic literature more generally. Therefore, the purpose of this panel is to probe various meanings of entitlement and the ties of entitlement to racial identity as well as to consider ways in which the law shapes and reinforces racial dimensions of entitlement. The panel extends entitlement as a useful concept beyond the macro, societal (usually associated with provision of governmental services) to the micro, interpersonal expectations in relations and within institutions. It seeks to explore questions like the following: What is entitlement and how is it linked to racial identities? What does entitlement look like as it plays out in social interactions? How is entitlement distinct from and/or related to concepts like racism and in-group favoritism or egalitarianism and tolerance? What happens or might happen when micro-social-racial entitlement is disrupted? In what ways do organizational and/or institutional structures and narratives shape entitlement frames? In what ways does (or should) the law reinforce and/or disrupt racial entitlement?

    The panel seeks to learn from the social science on the psychology of entitlement, racial identities, and prejudice. However, its goal is more theoretical and conceptual: to ask questions and generate theories about racial identity and entitlement in light of Harris’s insights from two decades ago and to consider the law’s role in reinforcing or disrupting entitlement in various contexts, such as schools and workplaces.

    3. Whiteness as Property and Multiracial Identity

    Moderator:

    • Kevin Noble Maillard, Professor of Law, Syracuse University

    Panelists:

    • Kevin Noble Maillard, Professor of Law, Syracuse University
    • Rose Villazor, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law
    • Carla Pratt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, The Dickinson School of Law, Penn State
    • Addie C. Rolnick, Associate Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada

    Panel description:

    Scholar-Activist Gloria Anzaldúa once questioned the existence of true racial borders in the United States, and this issue becomes more pertinent as the nation grows more cognitively multiracial. But will statistical change be met by a substantive transformation of longstanding racial paradigms, or retrench whiteness as property?

    The U.S. Census reports that whites will become a minority in 2043. At the same time, interracial intimacy and reproduction will continue to increase. This was famously chronicled on the cover of Time Magazine in 1993, which featured a computer generated face of demographically proportional multiracial woman, titled “The New Face of America.”

    This roundtable will assess the reality, resistance, and realization of that vision and the diverse group of discussants will approach this issue informed by their own research and personal backgrounds. Rose Villazor will talk about the impact of immigration on the “browning” of America; Carla Pratt will discuss the difficult issue of race, identity, and finite ethnic resources in Native American tribes; Kevin Noble Maillard will discuss Loving v. Virginia and the lingering taboo of black-white intimacy; and Addie C. Rolnick will present ideas on inter-racial histories generally, on theorizing anti-Black and anti-Indian racism and on teaching inter-racial histories.

    If the “New Face of America” will one day be nonwhite and heterogeneous, will it break the mold of a collective vision of race as separate, bordered phyla? How would multiraciality as a collective norm challenge the idea of Whiteness as Property? With these predicted demographic changes before us, will we view race differently in the 21st Century?

    4. Expectation and the Propertied Regimes of Race, Gender and Security

    Moderator:

    • Pui-Yee Yu, UCLA School of Law J.D. Candidate 2015

    Panelists:

    • Sarah Haley, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, UCLA; Expectation, Exclusion, and Enjoyment: A Carceral History of Gender Normativity as Property
    • Jasmine Syedullah, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, UC Riverside; A Claim on her Future: A Criminalized Woman’s Right to Self-Defense
    • Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside; A Logic of Evisceration: Gendered Racial and Racial-Colonial Genocide in the Policing-Carceral State
    • Erica Edwards, Associate Professor of English, UC Riverside; Blackness as Security: Race, Counterterror, and the Expectations of Safety

    Panel description:

    This panel brings together four scholars of policing and abolition to discuss the relationship between race, gender, and security in U.S. history and legal discourse. Drawing on Cheryl Harris’s paradigm-shifting analysis of whiteness as property, we examine how the discourses and practices of punishment and counterterrorism protect the propertied status of whiteness, even in an era defined by public discussions of the post-racial. We foreground the interdisciplinary methodologies of gender studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and abolition studies to extend Professor Harris’s important work, especially its claim that “whiteness was an ‘object’ over which continued control was—and is—expected,” to query how the expectations of privilege map differently onto varied, but related, racial gendered regimes of modern U.S. containment: the Georgia penal system, post-9/11 counterterrorism discourse, and self-defense. Altogether, these papers offer an interdisciplinary framework for critical race studies scholarship on policing and freedom that seeks to answer the conference organizers’ call to unmask subordination and provoke social change.

    5. Whiteness as Property and Immigration

    Moderator:

    • Kat Choi, UCLA School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2015

    Panelists:

    • Beth Caldwell, Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing & Skills, Southwestern Law School and Ellen Caldwell, Art Historian and Writer; Images, Immigration & Whiteness
    • Angelica Chazaro, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Law; Illegality and Harm
    • Raquel Gonzalez-Madrigal, Ph.D. Candidate, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Discourses of Property in Arizona’s SB1070 Law and the Struggle of Undocumented Immigrant Youth
    • Nayla Wren, Associate at Holguin, Garfield, Martinez & Quinonez; Trafficking as Discrimination: Title VII as Victim-Centered Remedy for Forced Labor

    Panel description:

    This session focuses on immigration. In their interdisciplinary talk entitled, Images, Immigration & WhitenessBeth Caldwell and Ellen Caldwell incorporate images presented by an art historian with a legal analysis by a law professor in order to highlight the relationships between whiteness and immigration law. Their talk will focus on the law’s work to preserve white privilege and will incorporate images that serve to reinforce or challenge the law. Angelica Chazaro draws attention to the 11 million undocumented people in the United States on the ‘path to citizenship.’ This push for legalization has led mainstream immigrant rights groups to deploy imagery of the undocumented as non-criminal, hard-working, and family-oriented – the ideal candidates to be invited into the spheres of the protections of whiteness. Chazaro argues that instead of centering citizenship, pro-immigrant advocacy should be guided by the question, “Will this intervention increase or decrease the harms related to living without lawful status?” Raquel Gonzalez-Madrigal unravels discourses of property in Arizona’s SB1070 Law and the struggle of undocumented immigrant youthShe asks the following questions: How are legal notions of property rooted in anti-immigration legislation? How does the 2010 Arizona bill use notions of property to uphold ideas of American citizenship and nationalism? Nayla Wren examines the utility of Title VII as a remedy for human trafficking. She provides a case study of a paradigmatic labor trafficking case involving Thai workers brought to the US under H2 visas. Wren argues that Title VII is a viable, victim-centered remedy for trafficking.

    6. Whiteness as Property: Conceptual Origins and Disruptions

    Moderator:

    • Jasmine Phillips, UCLA School of Law J.D. Candidate 2015

    Panelists:

    • Don Anque, Emerging Scholar, Syracuse University College of Law; There and Back Again: Native American Tribal Disenrollment and Heritage
    • Khaled Beydoun, Assistant Professor of Law, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University; Antebellum Islam
    • Natsu Taylor Saito, Professor of Law Georgia State University College of Law; “The Unconstrained Right to Exclude”: Whiteness as Property in the American Settler Colonial Project
    • Howard Winant, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara; Whiteness: On the Meaning of Progress

    Panel description:

    Don Anque examines, based on group paper with Christopher Doval and Elin Cortijo-Doval, the legal basis of tribal disenrollment and its entangled relationship with racial subordination and Native American heritage. Many disenrolled Native Americans question the validity of their ousting, which also calls into question the governing powers of Native American tribes and their basis for determining property rights and identity. Khaled Beydoun brings attention to the conflation of Muslim-American identity with Arab-American identity. This conflation perpetuates stereotypes within legal scholarship, government agencies, and civil rights interventions seeking to combat the marginalization of Muslim Americans – victims of post-9/11 profiling and new, local policing surveillance programs. Beydoun examines the legal seeds of this conflation, and the consequent erasure of Black Muslim identity that still prevails today. Natsu Taylor Saito assesses racial hierarchy in the United States as a function of ongoing settler colonial relations, and draws attention to the limitations of the equal protection framework (typically employed to analyze racial inequalities) and points to the liberatory potential of the right to self-determination as it applies not only to Indigenous peoples but all those deemed “Other”. Howard Winant reflects on the possibility of “white anti-racism” and suggests that it is not the repudiation or abolition of whiteness, but its reinvention that would provide the key to “white redemption”.

    7. Whiteness and Criminal Justice

    Moderator:

    • Maya Garza, UCLA School of Law J.D. Candidate 2015

    Panelists:

    • Jay Borchert, PhD Candidate University of Michigan Department of Sociology; Epistemological Ownership of the Punishment State in the Era of Mass Incarceration
    • Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Using Whiteness as Property to Promote Social Justice for Ex-Offenders
    • Andrea Roth, Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; Race Against the Machine: Mechanization of Criminal Justice and Replication of Social Privilege
    • Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Prison & Gender

    Panel description:

    Through interviews with twenty-five state correctional department directors nationwide, Jay Borchert demonstrates linkages between the overwhelmingly white, male power structures that own our jurisprudence and correctional epistemology to reveal how vast social distance may work to conceal the social damages our punishment apparatus perpetrates upon citizen prisoners. Jamila Jefferson-Jones concludes that reputation bears the same characteristics as whiteness; therefore, it qualifies as “status property.” Once reputation is established as property, then government conduct is identified as the continued assault on reputation by the ongoing attachment of stigma, even after one’s sentence has been served. Andrea Roth shows how mechanical forms of proof replicate existing inequities, such as through selective positioning of red light cameras and contextual bias in DNA allele-calling. Priscilla Ocen will discuss the interface of law with prisons and gender.

    8. Whiteness as Property and the Construction of Identities

    Moderator:

    • Lisa Pruitt, Professor of Law, UC Davis

    Panelists:

    • Sonia Katyal, Associate Dean for Research and Joseph M. McLaughlin Professor of Law, Fordham Law School, New York; The Intellectual Properties of Gender
    • Nancy López, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico; Colorblind & Neoliberal Racial Projects in Federal Data Collection: Why we Need Two Questions on Hispanic Origin & Race in the U.S. Census & Beyond
    • Lisa Pruitt, Professor of Law, UC Davis; (Re)Assessing the Value of Whiteness as Property: Lessons from Winter’s Bone
    • Karen Gaffney, English Professor, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ; Whiteness as Trespassed Property: Uniting Cheryl Harris and Novelist Joyce Carol Oates in Challenging the Status Quo

    Panel description:

    Sonia Katyal argues that in order to reimagine the regulation of sex and gender, it might be helpful to explore a parallel type of affiliation between property and intellectual property. Katyal presents a reconceptualization of gender, both descriptively and normatively, through the lens of property and intellectual property theory. Nancy López examines the politics of racial and ethnic guidelines and measurements in the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) and the Census as sites of macro-level racial formations. She argues that abstract liberal discourses that conflate race (master social status) with ethnicity (cultural background), national origin (nationality), or ancestry (distant lineage) contribute to hegemonic colorblind and neoliberal racial projects that undermine Civil Rights monitoring, enforcement and equity-based policy-making across a variety of policy arenas including housing, education, criminal justice and employment. López provides conceptual models and use-inspired questionnaire formats for racial and ethnic measurements that are anchored in the need to contextualize data collection for equity-based policy making.​ Lisa Pruitt analyzes whiteness as historical and contemporary property in Debra Granik’s 2010 award winning film, Winter’s Bone (based on Daniel Woodrell’s 2007 novel). Pruitt seeks to move beyond abstract discussion of whiteness by referencing the lived realities of socioeconomically disadvantaged whites and to ground and situate whiteness in ways that ultimately complicate its meaning within critical race theory. Karen Gaffney unites the works of Cheryl Harris and Joyce Carol Oates, a literary writer so that we can better understand the way whiteness has been socially constructed and re-constructed throughout American history, how its borders are vigilantly patrolled, and what happens when the property of whiteness becomes haunted.

    9. Whiteness as Property: Racializing Childhood and Parenthood

    Moderator:

    • Juliet Williams, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA

    Panelists:

    • Bela August Walker, Associate Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law; Whiteness and Parenthood: Parental Status from Property Rights to Fundamental Rights
    • Isy India Geronimo Thusi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Witwatersrand; Whiteness as Property and the Criminalization of Minority Schoolchildren
    • Juliet Williams, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA; White Privilege and ‘Boy Crisis’ Discourse

    Panel description:

    Bela August Walker argues that the rhetoric of rights is doing the work of property law. Today, these property rights determine who becomes a (legal) parent, the scope of that parenthood, and the extent to which the state comes to interfere with parenting. Those who once held greater property entitlements—because of whiteness, wealth or gender—continue to have greater protections of their “fundamental rights.” Isy India Geronimo (Thusi) argues that the over-criminalization of students of color highlights the power “nonracial” policies have in maintaining white superiority and maintaining the property interests whites have in their whiteness. Existing policies that are facially race-neutral exacerbate pre-existing advantages that promote white superiority. Juliet Williams focuses on K-12 public education reform debates and presents an analysis of the way claims about gender-based disadvantage have been deployed to retrench white privilege in U.S. public schools. With attention to the role that antidiscrimination law plays, Williams shows how white boys have come to achieve the status of a disadvantaged class in education reform circles.

  • 2013: Critical Race Studies at 10: Building our Home

    Critical Race Studies at 10: Building our Home

    March 7 & 8, 2013

    Welcome & Opening Roundtable Plenary:

    • Devon Carbado - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Kimberlé Crenshaw - Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Laura E. Gómez - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Cheryl I. Harris - CRS Faculty Co-Director; Rosalind and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, UCLA School of Law
    • Jerry Kang - Chair in Korean American Studies, Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo; Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Jasleen Kohli - Program Director, Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law
    • Gerald López - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Jyoti Nanda - CRS Faculty Co-Director; Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law

    Interest Convergence:

    • Cheryl I. Harris - CRS Faculty Co-Director; Rosalind and Arthur Gilbert Professor of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, UCLA School of Law
    • Sharon Hing - Law Student '13, UCLA School of Law
    • Emily M.S. Houh - Associate Dean of Faculty and Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Co-Director, Center for the Study of Race, Gender and Social Justice
    • Carmina Ocampo - Staff Attorney, Impact Litigation Unit at the Asian Pacific Legal Center; UCLA Law '08
    • Saúl Sarabia - Founder, Solidarity-Solidaridad; Program Director, Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law 2005-2001; UCLA Law '96

    Luncheon Keynote:

    • Maisie Chin - Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE)

    Race and Local Government Law:

    • Nicholás Espíritu - National Staff Attorney, Mexican Amerian Legal Defense and Educational Fund; UCLA Law '04
    • Kathay Feng - Executive Director, California Common Cause; UCLA Law '96
    • Jasleen Kohli - Program Director, Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law
    • Beatriz Maria Solís, Ph.D., MPH - Program Director, Healthy Communities Southern Region
    • David Dante Troutt - Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar, Rutgers School of Law, Newark

    Closing Panel:

    • Asli Ü. Bâli - Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Priscilla Ocen - Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
    • Angela Riley - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center; Director, MA/JD Joint Degree Program in Law and American Indian Studies; Co-Director, Native Nations Law and Policy Center
    • Latonya Slack - Principal and Founder, Slack Global Consulting
  • 2011: Race And Sovereignty

    Race And Sovereignty

    March 31 – April 2, 2011

    CRS Welcome and Opening Roundtable:

    • Angela Riley
    • Saul Sarabia
    • Addie Rolnick
    • Stacy Leeds
    • Kendra Taira-Field
    • Devon Carbado (moderator)

    Screening of Hearing Radmilla: A Documentary by Angela Webb and discussion with Radmilla Cody

    Plenary I: Settler Colonialism and Racial Management

    • Chris Anderson
    • Aziz Rana
    • Audra Simpson
    • Laura Gomez
    • Jessica Cattelino (moderator)

    Plenary II: Sovereigns and Subjects

    • Leti Volpp
    • Maylei Blackwell
    • David Theo Goldberg
    • Gil Gott
    • Maivan Lam
    • Asli Bâli (moderator)

    Plenary III: Defensive Sovereignty: Property, Race, Resistance

    • Rose Cuison Villazor
    • Rebecca Tsosie
    • Catherine Iorns
    • Julian Aguon
    • Sarah Krakoff
    • Angela Riley (moderator)

    Friday Evening Keynote (April 1, 2011)

    • Mishuana Goeman
    • Aileen Moreton-Robinson

    Plenary IV: The Politics of Recognition

    • Sumi Cho
    • Keith Camacho
    • Adjoa Aiyetoro
    • Melinda Lowery
    • Joanna Barker
    • Kimberle Crenshaw (moderator)

    Plenary V: Enforced Belonging and Exclusion

    • Robin D.G. Kelley
    • Bethany Berger
    • Carlos Soltero
    • Hiroshi Motomura
    • Gerald Torres
    • Carole Goldberg (moderator)

    Closing Roundtable:

    • Patrick Wolfe
    • Antony Anghie
    • J. Kehaulani Kauani
    • Cheryl Harris (moderator)

     

  • 2010 Symposium: Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements

    March 11-13, 2010

    March 11, 2010

    1. CRS Welcome and Overview

    Speakers:

    • Ayanna London
    • Russell Robinson
    • Saul Sarabia
    • Kaimi Wenger

    2. Race, Gender and Violence

    Speakers:

    • Mimi Kim
    • Soniya Munshi
    • Lee Ann Wang

    3. Intersectionality and the Courts, co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society

    Speakers:

    • Paul Butler
    • Cheryl Harris
    • Julie Su
    • Camille Gear-Rich

    4. Applied Intersectionality: Community Accountability of Violence in Communities of Color

    Speakers:

    • Mimi Kim
    • Clarisse Rojas
    • Andrea Smith
    • Katherine Ojeda Stewart

    5. Formerly Incarcerated Women: Factors that lead to Their Sucessful Reentry to Society and the Barriers to that Reentry

    Speakers:

    • Susan Burton
    • Kim Carter
    • Marilyn Montenegro
    • Monica Stel
    • Marta Lopez-Garza

    6. Reading and Teaching Intersectionality

    Moderator:

    • Christine Littleton - UCLA, Women's Studies & Law

    Speakers:

    • Anna Carastathis - California State University, Los Angeles, Philosophy
    • Barbara Tomlinson - UC Santa Barbara, Feminist Studies
    • Noah Zatz - UCLA School of Law

    7. Intersectional Research and Practice

    Moderator:

    • Beth Ribet - Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University Law, and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

    Speakers:

    • Elizabeth Cole - University of Michigan, Psychology
    • Priscilla Ocen - Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
    • Ange-Marie Hancock - University of Southern California, Political Science

    8. Dean's Office Welcome and Opening Plenary: Grounding Intersectionality: Critical Foundations and Trajectories

    Moderator:

    • Cheryl Harris - UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Stephen Yeazell - UCLA School of Law
    • Devon Carbado - UCLA School of Law
    • Sumi Cho - DePaul University College of Law
    • Luke Harris - Vassar College, Department of Political Science
    • Catharine MacKinnon - University of Michigan Law School
    • Mari Matsuda - Georgetown University School of Law

    March 12, 2010

    1. Intersectionality and State Power

    Moderator:

    • Aldon Morris - Northwestern University

    Speakers:

    • Geneva Brown
    • Joseph Yi
    • Shaun Ossei-Owusu
    • Courney Marshall

    2. Domestic Violence: Unpacking the Dynamics and Consequences of Intersectional Subordination

    Moderator:

    • Beth Richie - University of Illinois at Chicago

    Speakers:

    • Omolara Akinpelu
    • Kimberly Robertson
    • Elizabeth MacDowell

    3. Intersectional Stratification: Structure, Violence, and Cross Movement Politics

    Moderator:

    • Carole Goldberg - UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Sarah Deer - William Mitchell College of Law
    • Tanya Hernandez - Fordham University School of Law
    • Lenora Lapidus - ACLU Women's Rights Project
    • Beth Richie - University of Illinois at Chicago, Criminal Justice & African-American Studies
    • Mieke Verloo - Institute for Gender Studies, Netherlands

    4. Intersectionality and Violence: Critiques of State-Driven Responses to Violence

    Speakers:

    • Andrea Smith
    • Sora Han
    • Denise DaSilva

    5. Representational Intersectionality: Community, Culture, and Power

    Moderator:

    • Russell Robinson - UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Phil Goff - UCLA Department of Psychology
    • Angela P. Harris - University of California, Berkeley - Boalt School of Law
    • Beverly Guy-Sheftall - Spelman College, Women's Research and Resource Center
    • Nagwa Ibrahim - Los Angeles Muslim Bar Association
    • Tricia Rose - Brown University, Africana Studies

    March 13, 2010

    1. The Intersectionality of the Body

    Moderator:

    • Dean Spade - Seattle University

    Speakers:

    • Julie Greenberg
    • Erin Ranft
    • Marcia Dawkins
    • Sheri Faulkner

    2. Intersectional Analysis of Gender-Based Violence

    Moderator:

    • Lenora Lapidus - ACLU Women's Rights Project

    Speakers:

    • Vek Lewis
    • Jacqueline Dan
    • Elizabeth Philipose

    3. Intersectionality by Design: Epistemologies, Disciplines, and Discourse

    Moderator:

    • Vickie Mays - UCLA, Psychology & Health Services

    Speakers:

    • Leslie McCall - Northwestern University, Department of Sociology
    • Charles Mills - Northwestern University, Department of Philosophy
    • Dean Spade - Seattle University School of Law
    • Francisco Valdes - University of Miami School of Law

    4. Punishment: Perspectives on Territory, Citizenship and State Violence

    Moderator:

    • Nikhil Singh - NYU

    Speakers:

    • Tryon Woods
    • Tarecq Amer
    • Ofelia Cuevas

    5. Intersectionality Applied and Appropriated in Women's Reentry: Learning Circles on Black Women and Reentry and the "Gender Responsive" Prison Movement

    Speakers:

    • Kolleen Duley
    • Priscilla Ocen

    6. Keynote Address

    Speakers:

    • Kimberle Crenshaw

    7. Realizing and Revising Intersectionality Across Space and Place: Local and Global Narratives

    Moderator:

    • Asli Bâli - UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Eudine Barriteau - Centre for Gender & Developmental Studies, University of West Indies, Barbados
    • Sibongile Ndashe - The International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights
    • Manjula Pradeep - Navsarjan, Gujarat, India
    • Nikhil Singh - New York University, Social & Cultural Analysis & History

    8. Roundtable Plenary: Political Intersectionality: Disrupting Hierarchies and Transforming Movements

    Moderator:

    • Jerry Kang - UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Melissa Harris-Lacewell - Princeton University, Politics & African-American Studies
    • George Lipsitz - UC Santa Barbara, History & Black Studies
    • Dorothy Roberts - Northwestern University Law School
    • Alvin Starks - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    • Miguel Unzueta - UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • 2009: Race in "Colorblind" Spaces

    March 6 & 7, 2009

    March 6, 2009

    1. Student Research Panel

    Moderated by Devon Carbado - Professor of Law, UCLA

    2. 20th Anniversary of the CRT Workshop

    Speakers:

    • Kimberle Crenshaw - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    3. Seeing Colorblindness

    Moderated by Cheryl Harris - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Neil Gotanda - Professor of Law, Western State University, College of Law
    • Kevin Reed - Vice Chancellor-Legal Affairs, UCLA
    • Evan Apfelbaum - Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
    • Denise Sekaquaptewa - Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
    • Gary Blasi - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

     

    4. Colorblind Consequences

    Moderated by Devon Carbado - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    1. Philip Atiba Goff - Professor of Psychology, UCLA
    2. Victoria Plaut - Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia
    3. Deirdre Bowen - Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
    4. Miguel Unzueta - Assistant Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    5. Howard Winant - Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

     

    5. Closing Remarks - Day One

    March 7, 2009

    1. Student/Practitioner Roundtable: How Race Funtions in Colorblind Law Schools and Legal Workspaces

    2. Bigger Pictures

    Moderated by Jerry Kang - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva - Professor of Sociology, Duke University
    • Daria Roithmayr - Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
    • Stephanie Fryberg - Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona
    • Tristin Green - Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
    • Sam Bagenstos - Professor of Law, Washington University Law, St. Louis

    3. Colorblindness and Social Science: Are we relevant to the law?

    Valerie Purdie-Vaughns - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University

    4. Interventions

    Moderated by Russell Robinson - Acting Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Kimberly West-Faulcon - Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
    • Margaret Shih - Associate Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    • Richard Brooks - Professor of Law, Yale Law School
    • Michele Landis Dauber - Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
    • Eric Knowles - Assistant Professor, School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine
    • Brian Lowrey - Associate Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    5. Closing Remarks - Day Two

     

  • 2008: Race, Sexuality, and the Law: Abercrombie, Imus and Beyond

    1. Welcome by Jerry Kang; Student Panel

    Speakers:

    • Leah Goodridge
    • Amanda Simpson
    • Regina Du
    • Shayla Myers
    • Yvonne My

     

    2. Marketplaces and Desires: the economics of racial and homoerotic representation

    Moderated by Devon W. Carbado - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • David L. Eng - Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Program in Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
    • Phillip A. Goff - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
    • Cheryl l. Harris - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Cleo Manago - Founder and CEO of Amassi Wellness and Cultural Centers; Founder of Black Men's Xchange
    • Jahan Sagafi - Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

     

    3. Misrepresentation and Misogyny: intersections of gender, culture, and media

    Moderated by Kimberle W. Crenshaw - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Mary Anne Case - Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
    • Sonia Katyal - Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
    • Mignon R. Moore - Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCLA
    • Horacio N. Roque Ramirez - Assistant Professor, Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara
    • Dean Spade - Law Teaching Fellow, UCLA School of Law, Williams Institute

     

    4. Keynote Address

    Dr. Dwight McBride - Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of African-American Studies, English, and Gender & Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • 2007: Critical Race Theory: Mapping the Movement Across Disciplines

    Inaugural Symposium

    1. 2007 Keynote Address: "Guantanamo is Here: Race Rights and Citizenship"

    Professor Muneer Ahmad - American University

    2. "Construction of Racial Identities"

    Moderated by Devon W. Carbado - Associate Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Dr. Howard Winant - Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
    • Daria Roithmayr - Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
    • Mari Matsuda - Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

     

    3. "Intersectionality and Interdisciplinarity"

    Moderated by Kimberle W. Crenshaw - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, Columbia Law School

    Speakers:

    • Dr. George Lipsitz - Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara
    • Alexandra Oprea - School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
    • Russell Robinson - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Sumi Cho - Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

     

    4. "Structural and Institutional Racism"

    Moderated by Cheryl l. Harris - CRS Faculty Director; Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Sohail Daulatzai - Assistant Professor, African American Studies, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine
    • Carole E. Goldberg - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Tanya Hernandez - Professor of Law and Justice, Frederick W. Hall Scholar, Rutgers School of Law
    • Dr. Melvin L. Oliver - Professor and Dean of Social Sciences Division, UC Santa Barbara, College of Letters and Sciences

     

    5. "CRT Perspectives on Race and Hurricane Katrina"

    Moderated by Dr. Vickie Mays - Professor of Psychology and Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA Dept. of Psychology; Director, UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities

    Speakers:

    • Dr. Oscar H. Gandy - Professor Emeritus, Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
    • Cheryl l. Harris - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • David Dante Troutt - Professor of Law; Justice John J. Francis Scholar, Rutgers School of Law

     

    6. "Unconscious Racism and Implicit Bias"

    Moderated by Jerry Kang - Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Speakers:

    • Charles R. Lawrence III - Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Gerald Lopez - Visiting Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • Linda Hamilton Krieger - Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall
    • Dr. Kristin Lane - Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, Department of Psychology

     

    7. "Integrating Academic Excellence and Social Change"

    8. Roundtable – "Student/Practitioner Roundtable" – Audio Recording Only

    9. "The Global Affirmative Action Praxis Project"

    10. "Are Our Brains Conditioned Towards Bias?"

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