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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 2/11


Tuesday, February 11, 2020
3:00– 5:00 p.m.
Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)


The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will mark its annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a keynote lecture as part of a University-wide celebration.


Keynote Address sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP


Katherine Franke

Katherine M. Franke
James L. Dohr Professor of Law
Director, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
Faculty Director, Law, Rights, and Religion Project
Columbia University

Katherine Franke is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project. She serves on the Executive Committees of Columbia’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, sexuality, race, and religion drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory. Franke is also the founder and faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, a think tank based at Columbia Law School that develops policy and thought leadership on the complex ways in which religious liberty rights interact with other fundamental rights.

Franke’s most recent book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition, makes a powerful case for reparations for Black Americans by amplifying the stories of formerly enslaved people and calling for repair of the damage caused by the legacy of American slavery. Franke unpacks intergenerational, systemic racism and white privilege at the heart of American society and argues that reparations for slavery are necessary, overdue and possible.

The keynote address will be followed by a book signing and reception.