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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow ’79 to Speak on Law, Education, and American Pluralism March 22


Martha Minow ’79, Dean and Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor at Harvard Law School, will give the Robert M. Cover Lecture in Law and Religion at 4:30 p.m. on March 22. The lecture, titled “Confronting the Seduction of Choice: Law, Education, and American Pluralism,” will take place in Room 127, with a reception to follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Minow is an expert on human and civil rights with a focus on members of racial and religious minorities and women, children, and persons with disabilities. She has served on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-Existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in an effort to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. Her five-year partnership with the federal Department of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology worked to increase access to the curriculum for students with disabilities and produced legislation, industry standards for digitizing texts, and collaborations between technology reform and curricular development.

Minow holds a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in education from Harvard, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She clerked for Judge David Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. A member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received numerous awards, including the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School and the Holocaust Center Award. She has published over 150 articles and books.

Established in 1991, the Robert M. Cover Memorial Lectureship in Law and Religion brings to Yale distinguished speakers to explore the historical, philosophical, sociological, and literary intersections between law and religion.