Multiracials and Civil Rights by Tanya K. Hernandez


Jan. 28, 2019, 12pm to 1:30pm

Office/Remote Location

4th Floor Faculty Lounge
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Tanya Katerí Hernández, is the Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. She received her A.B. from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Professor Hernández, is an internationally recognized comparative race law expert and Fulbright Scholar. Hispanic Business Magazine selected her as one of its annual 100 Most Influential Hispanics. She was previously Law and Public Policy Affairs Fellow at Princeton University and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. Professor Hernández is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute, and the Academia Puertorriqueña de Jurisprudencia y Legislación. Her scholarly interest is in the study of comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law. Her books include Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response (including Spanish and Portuguese translation editions) and Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination (

Book Info:

In her new book "Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination" Professor Tanya Kateri Hernandez explores the question of how to pursue racial equality in a growing multiracial world. The growth of a mixed-race population has lead some commentators to proclaim that multiracial discrimination is distinct in nature from the racial discrimination that non-multiracial persons experience, and that as a consequence a whole new approach to civil rights law is required. Hernandez describes her own experience as a Afro-Latina mixed-race person and then shares how she tracked down the court case narratives of multiracial discrimination and the story of racial privilege they revealed. The stories she uncovered are especially timely. Coming at a time when explicit racism is resurfacing, Hernández’s look at multiracial discrimination cases is essential for fortifying the focus of civil rights law on racial privilege and the lingering legacy of bias against non-whites, and has much to teach us about how to move towards a more egalitarian society.

Join us in welcoming Tanya K. Hernández to the Boyd School of Law for her Faculty Enrichment lecture, "Multiracials and Civil Rights,".

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The event is free but registration is required. Please RSVP here.

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UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Ruben Garcia

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UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law