2015 CRS Events


Post-9/11 Racialization of Middle Eastern and South Asian Communities

April 1, 2015



Maytha Alhassen, Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California


Sohail Daulatzai, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies and African American Studies, School of Humanities, University of California at Irvine

John Tehranian, Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School

This event is co-sponsored by:

Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, La Raza, Muslim Law Studies Association, Native American Law Students Association, and South Asian Law Students Association

Dorothy Roberts: Fatal Invention-The New Biopolitics of Race

February 19, 2015


Description: “We are witnessing the emergence of a new biopolitics in the United States that relies on re-inventing race in biological terms using cutting-edge genomic sequence and biotechnologies. Some scientists are defining race as a biological category written in our genes, while the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries convert the new racial science into race-based products, such as race-specific medicines and ancestry tests that incorporate false assumptions of racial difference at the genetic level. The genetic understanding of race calls for technological responses to racial disparities while masking the continuing impact of racism in a supposedly post-racial society. Instead, I call for affirming our common humanity by working to end social inequalities supported by the political system of race.”

Introduction by: Jyoti Nanda (Lecturer in Law)

Presentation by: Dorothy Roberts (George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania Law School)

Pigford v. Glickman: Addressing USDA Racial Discrimination with One of the Largest Civil Rights Settlements in History

January 28, 2015

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In Pigford v. Glickman, African-American farmers claimed the USDA had systematically discriminated against them on the basis of race, wrongfully denying them of farm loans and assistance.  A successful case relating to discrimination against Native American farmers also followed.  Although the Pigford case was settled, many farmers were unable to file claims before the deadline and numerous lawsuits were filed.  Over a decade later in 2010, Congress approved $1.25 billion to pay claims and other expenses as part of the settlement of Pigford II.

Please join us for an insightful presentation with Mr. Anurag Varma and Prof. Angela P. Harris as they discuss the history, significance, and impact of the Pigford case.


Anurag Varma, partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has served as class counsel on behalf of the Native American and African-American farmers against the USDA.

Angela P. Harris, Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, writes widely in the field of critical legal theory and applies her insights tot he fields of environmental and food justice.

This event is co-sponsored by:

The Resnick Program for Food law and Policy, Food Law Society, Black Law Student Association, and the Native American Law Students Association