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Derrick Bell Lecture

Professor Lia Epperson

2021 Derrick Bell Lecture
February 12, 2021

“Are We Still Not Saved? Race, Democracy, and Educational Inequality.” 

12-1:15 pm (virtual)

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American University Washington College of Law Professor Lia Epperson will speak at the annual Derrick Bell Lecture on February 12, 2021. The event is free, but individuals must RSVP to attend the event. 

Professor Epperson is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy. Her scholarship centers on the constitutional dialogue between federal courts and the political branches, and its implications for educational equity. 

Epperson’s research, published in leading journals, also explores the role of public schools, colleges, and universities in creating equal opportunity. As a former Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, her previous work focused on federal civil rights enforcement of educational policies and practices. Her expertise has led her to appear on CNN, NBC News, and C-SPAN.

Derrick Bell served as the first African American dean of the School of Law from 1980 to 1985. He is considered one of the most influential voices in the foundation of Critical Race Theory, a framework that examines society and culture as they connect to race, law, and power. 

The event is a collaborative effort combining the School of Law’s Derrick Bell Lecture with the African American Workshop and Lecture Series, sponsored by the Office of the President and facilitated by the Division of Equity and Inclusion.

Watch the 2020 Derrick Bell Lecture


Rennard Strickland Lecture 

Mary Kathryn Nagle at the Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture 2019

2019 Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture

"Tribal Sovereignty: The Origins of Environmental Law"

Mary Kathryn Nagle, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm that specializes in the sovereignty rights of tribal governments, spoke on the intersection of environmental law and tribal sovereignty. 

Watch the 13th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture