The author’s free, public talk – “From Freedom Summer to Ferguson: Why We Need a New Culture of Belonging” – will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St., on the Belknap Campus. There will be a book sale and signing at the reception afterward.

UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research sponsors the eighth annual lecture; the lecture and institute are named for a Louisvillian active in the civil rights movement.

He also will participate in a 9 a.m.-11 a.m. “Research Meets Activism” breakfast discussion Nov. 11 at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway. Scholars and activists have been invited to talk about “Overcoming Stereotypes and Unconscious Bias” in law, housing, education and media. Although the institute’s morning event is free, registration is required by Oct. 31.

At UC-Berkeley since 2012, powell is professor of law and African American and ethnic studies as well as the Robert Haas chancellor’s chair in equity and inclusion. He also directs its Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research leading to policy changes addressing disparities in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomics. 

Previously, at The Ohio State University, he was executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and had the Gregory Williams chair in civil rights and civil liberties at the Moritz College of Law. He also founded and directed the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Race and Poverty and was the American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director.

He has written several books including the most recent “Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: powell spells his name without capitals. 

Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.