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Author of ‘The Race Card’ to speak at next Revelle Forum

Richard Thompson Ford    Photo: Acey Harper
Richard Thompson Ford Photo: Acey Harper

Widely acknowledged as one of the most insightful writers on race relations and legal issues in America today, Stanford Law School Professor Richard Thompson Ford will be the next guest of UCSD’s Revelle Forum, 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive.

Ford will speak about the effect of civil rights laws on real and perceived racist acts to offer a provocative critique of those laws in “Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality.”

Is the blowback from America’s legislative approach to ending racism actually fostering more racism? Ford will argue that equal rights laws are effective in addressing overt racism, but do little to address pressing social problems such as segregation and employment disparity.

Organizers said Ford’s analysis is entertaining, humorous, unapologetic, “and likely to draw praise and ire from both ends of the political spectrum.”

Admission is $25 per person. Registrations may be made by calling UCSD Extension at (858) 534-3400, or online at

revelleforum.ucsd.edu

  1. When registering, refer to section ID number 085684.