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Fighting for Racial Justice During the Trump Presidency: MLK Week Keynote Lecture by James Forman

Date: 7:00pm PST January 25, 2017 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Professor James Forman Jr. is a noted legal authority on the mass incarceration of black men in the U.S. criminal justice system.  He will give our Chamberlin Social Justice Lecture for MLK Week 2017, speaking on “Fighting for Racial Justice During the Trump Presidency.” Inspired by Dr. King and other civil rights activists, Forman will offer concrete strategies for improving schools and eliminating mass incarceration.

Professor Forman teaches at Yale Law School and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. His particular interests are schools, prisons, and police, and those institutions’ race and class dimensions. Professor Forman’s book, titled Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, will be published in the spring of 2017.

The Chamberlin Lectureship is coordinated by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and was established at Lewis & Clark College in 1979 by the Rev. Mark and Dr. Corinne Chamberlin.   Previous Chamberlin Lecturers include, among others, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Rev. Andrew Young, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

Professor Forman’s lecture will be the College of Arts and Sciences keynote address for the Martin Luther King Week 2017.  For more information contact Mark Duntley ( or Hilary Martin Himan (

This event is free and open to the public.

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