Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia Symposium

Friday, March 08, 2013
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Boalt Hall - Room 110 (Registration and Introduction)
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Allison Lauterbach

The Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice Presents a Symposium entitled Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia on Friday March 8 from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm in Boalt Hall.  Please RSVP here:

The symposium, takes off from a book by the same title which explores the experiences of women of color in the academy from a variety of perspectives: from first- person narratives to empirical research findings, from the humanities to the sciences to the professions, and from graduate students to faculty to administrators.

The symposium will use the book as a springboard for three in-depth inquiries. First, what themes of the book resonate (or do not resonate) within legal academia? Second, what is the relevance of the book’s themes to the University of California, Berkeley – a public university struggling with a “post-racial” legal mandate and with state disinvestment in higher education? Third, how should colleges and universities best address the “second-generation” problems of diversity: not simply hiring, but retention, campus climate, and the full intellectual, social, and political inclusion of women of color? In particular, how can this be accomplished as academia itself is increasingly pushed toward a neoliberal agenda of market-driven, corporate-friendly policies and practices?
The symposium will begin at 8:30 am in the Goldberg Room at Boalt Hall, and will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.  Please RSVP here:
View the symposium program here ( 

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