MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA – Lani Guinier, Harvard law professor and pioneering
civil rights advocate, will deliver the annual Baker Lecture at the West Virginia
University College of Law on Thursday, November 5, at 12 p.m. in the event hall.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
In her latest book, “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America” (Beacon Press, 2015), Guinier calls for a reshaping of higher education to better serve society by educating more students from diverse backgrounds. The current higher education model in the U.S., she argues, fails its mission of equal opportunity and social mobility by continuing to serve and reward the privileged.
Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Throughout her career, she has addressed issues of race, gender, and democratic decision-making, and sought new ways of approaching questions like affirmative action while calling for candid public discourse on these topics.