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January 12, 2008

Oregon Law Welcomes Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic as Wayne Morse Center Visiting Distinguished Scholars

The University of Oregon School of Law is pleased to welcome Professor Richard Delgado and Professor Jean Stefancic, who will be in residence spring semester as the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics Visiting Distinguished Scholars.  Professors Delgaco and Stefancic visit the Wayne Morse Center from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Professor Delgado is University Distinguished Professor of Law & Derrick Bell Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  One of the leading commentators on race in the United States, Professor Delgado has appeared on Good Morning America, the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, NPR, the Fred Friendly Show, and Canadian NPR.  Author of more than one hundred journal articles and fifteen books, his work has been praised or reviewed in The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.  His books have won eight national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers Awards for outstanding book on human rights in North America, the American Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Book, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.  His career and book, The Rodrigo Chronicles, were described by Stanley Fish in the following terms:

Richard Delgado is a triple pioneer. He was the first to question free speech ideology; he and a few others invented critical race theory; and he is both a theorist and an exemplar of the importance of storytelling in the workings of the law.  This volume brings all of Delgado’s strengths together in a stunning performance.

 Professor Stefancic is Research Professor of Law & Derrick Bell Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she writes about civil rights, law reform, social change, and legal scholarship.  Her book, No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America’s Social Agenda, won critical praise in the nonlegal as well as legal community.  She has written and co-authored numerous articles and ten books, many with Professor Delgado, with whom she shared a 1993 Rockefeller Bellagio grant to complete their 1994 book, Failed Revolutions.  Their 1997 book, Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror, won a Gustavus Myers award for outstanding book on human rights in North American in 1998.  In 2001, the Bogliasco Foundation awarded Professor Stefancic a residency at the Liguria Study Center to write How Lawyers Lose Their Way.  Professors Stefancic and Delgado serve as co-editors for the New York University Press series Critical America.

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