Over the past semester, a group of leading scholars came together at Harvard for the lecture series, “Diversity and U.S. Legal History.” The series was sponsored by Dean Martha Minow and organized by Professor Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, who also designed a reading group to complement the lectures.
Tushnet said that he was responding to an interest in diversity issues that he saw on campus. “The goal was to expose students to the variety of ways that people of diverse backgrounds have been treated in the U.S. over time. That’s a kind of information that they don’t get systematically in any other context. For example, the history of African-Americans plays a large role in the U.S. legal history course, but you may not hear much about Latinos. And in the course dealing with race and constitutional history, you don’t get religious pluralism. This series brings it all together.”
Check out the article “Diversity and U.S. legal history: Lectures and panels focus on the history of law’s treatment of identity groups” from Harvard Law Today by Brett Milano to find out more.