Renowned Speaker Tackles "Enduring Questions" About Justice and Equality

Author and scholar Dr. Kenji Yoshino, renowned for his provocative exploration of justice in our time, explores America's commitment to freedom, equality and justice for everyone as Baldwin Wallace University kicks off the 2011-12 edition of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series. Yoshino is among four accomplished and diverse speakers who will explore the modern reality of three fundamental tenets of the U.S. Constitution in Freedom, Justice, Equality: America's Commitment. All talks are free and open to the public.

The Face and Voice of the New Civil Rights
Yoshino, who's been called "the face and voice of the new civil rights," opens the series on Wednesday, September 14 at 8 p.m. at BW's Kleist Center for Art & Drama at 95 East Bagley Road in Berea. Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and was educated at Harvard, Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School.

Book: We All "Cover" A Part of Our Authentic Selves

Yoshino's landmark book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, was hailed as a "touchstone in the struggle for universal human dignity." He argues that each of us "covers" by suppressing aspects of our identity in exchange for acceptance.

Yoshino also authored A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice and is currently at work on a third book about the Supreme Court's shift from group-based civil rights to universal human rights. He has published in major academic journals, written for the popular press, including the New York Times and Washington Post, and makes regular appearances on radio and television programs, such as NPR's The Takeaway and PBS's Charlie Rose.

The First of Four Renowned Speakers
The remaining 2011-12 Enduring Questions series line-up features a diverse and exciting line-up.

October 27 - Mary Owusu, visiting Fulbright Scholar and rising African historian, offering a fresh perspective on Africa and America from World War II to Nelson Mandela

January 18, 2012 - Dr. James Cone, groundbreaking theologian and author of 11 books, including the ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power and A Black Theology of Liberation

March 22, 2012 - Dr. Reza Azlan, acclaimed scholar of Islam and writer of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, an International Bestseller named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade

Enduring Questions Campus Tradition

While all talks are open the public, students also plug into the lectures through BW's unique Core Curriculum course entitled "Enduring Questions for an Intercultural World." EQ, as it's known on campus, encourages students to wrestle with the timeless questions that unite humanity. Established in 2006 to honor Dr. Mark Collier, President of BW from 1999-2006, the series features world-renowned speakers who help to extend the conversation beyond the classroom.

Enduring Questions is sponsored by BW's Academic and Cultural Events Series, the David Brain Leadership Program, the Office of Core Curriculum and the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Dr. Cone's appearance is co-sponsored by the MLK Week Committee. Look for more information online at or call 440-826-2325.

 Posted 9/11

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