Lani Guinier and Juan Williams to Debate at Yale

Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier and NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams will hold a public debate in the Yale Law School auditorium, 127 Wall St., on February 20, 7 p.m.

Titled “Black Responsibility: By Whom and for What?” the debate is free and open to the public.

In addition to his long and distinguished career as journalist for NPR and the Washington Post, Williams is also responsible for celebrated TV documentaries on civil rights and the African American experience and a prolific writer whose works include a biography of Thurgood Marshall and several books related to his PBS series. In his most recently published book, “Enough” (2006), Williams argues that there is a “culture of failure” in the African American community that civil rights legislation and public policy cannot overcome.

Guinier, a 1974 graduate of Yale Law School, is one of the foremost scholars of civil rights in the U.S. and has written extensively on that subject. She served as assistant to Assistant Attorney General Drew Days—the Alfred Rankin Professor of Law at Yale—in the Carter administration and was nominated to be Attorney General by President Clinton. In 1998, Guinier became the first female African American tenured professor at Harvard Law School. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School before joining the Harvard faculty.

The debate is sponsored by the Ogilvie, Robinson, DeChabert Leadership Forum of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale. For more information, call 432-6900 or email

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