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DATE: March 22, 2004

Legal scholar to discuss segregation

DEARBORN---Paul Finkelman, a specialist in American legal history, race and law, will give two talks on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus next month as part of the Text In Community series, sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Finkelman will present "Brown v. Board of Education: America's Most Revolutionary Supreme Court Decision" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in Room 1072 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

He will follow that presentation with "Affirmative Action for the Master Class: Understanding the Proslavery Constitution and its Implications for Reparations" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Finkelman, who teaches constitutional law and American legal history, is the Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Before joining Tulsa in 1999, he was the John F. Seiberling Professor of Law at the University of Akron law school. He also has taught at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Hamline University, the University of Miami, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Brooklyn Law School and the University of Texas-Austin.

Finkelman was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School. He received his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago.

He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States; Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson; Baseball and the American Legal Mind and American Legal History: Cases and Materials.

His most recent publications include Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South and Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, with Melvin I. Urofsky.

Finkelman also was an expert witness in the case where a federal court ordered the removal of a granite monument of the Ten Commandments put in place by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The Text in Community series, which is free and open to the public, is coordinated by the Office of the Provost to engage the campus community in discussions with authors whose writings focus on significant current or emerging issues.

For more information, call Maggie Martin, assistant to the vice chancellor of academic affairs, at (313) 593-5030.

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