Howard University

Archive - Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture - November 6, 2003

Howard University School of Law Dean Kurt L. Schmoke is pleased to announce that the inaugural Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture will be delivered Thursday, November 6, 2003, by Professor Richard Delgado, the Derrick A. Bell Fellow and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Houston Lecture is intended to honor the memory of Charles Hamilton Houston, a former dean of the Law School and one of the leading architects of the litigation strategy that toppled the system of legalized race discrimination in America. This event is sponsored by the Law School’s “Brown@50 Project,” a year-long commemorative effort to educate the public about the significance of the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

One of the leading commentators on race in the United States, Professor Delgado has appeared on Good Morning America, the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, NPR, the Fred Friendly Show, and Canadian NPR. Author of over one hundred journal articles and fifteen books, his work has been praised or reviewed in The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. His books have won eight national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers Awards for outstanding book on human rights in North America, the American Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Book, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently listed him as one of three leading Latino public intellectuals. Stanley Fish described Professor Delgado’s career and book, The Rodrigo Chronicles in the following terms: “Richard Delgado is a triple pioneer. He was the first to question free speech ideology; he and a few others invented critical race theory; and he is both a theorist and an exemplar of the importance of storytelling in the workings of the law. This volume brings all of Delgado’s strengths together in a stunning performance.”

Professor Delgado will deliver his address in the Moot Court Room at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome.