Heller School presents 'Race, Gender and Religion in the Age of Obama’ Sept. 16

Charles Ogletree address is first in series of events focusing on changes to social justice policy

Charles Ogletree

Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree will talk about one of his most famous former students, President Barack Obama, in a speech at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management on Sept. 16.

In “Race, Gender and Religion in the Age of Obama,” Ogletree, renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney, and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, will discuss his research for a biography on the president.

The event is the first in a Heller School series focusing on what Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies, says are “unprecedented” policy changes taking place under the new administration.

“What gets placed into law will reflect President Obama’s vision, and, just as importantly, his leadership,” Hill said. “Having known our president since he (Obama) was a student in law school, Professor Ogletree has a unique vantage point from which to assess the president’s ideas and leadership capabilities. I think he’s the next best thing to having President Obama himself on campus.”

Heller School Dean Lisa M. Lynch will introduce Ogletree. The event will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Irving Schneider and Family Building’s Glynn Amphitheater.

The Heller School is sponsoring the “Social Justice and the Obama Administration” lecture series in honor of the school’s 50th Anniversary. The second event, taking place on Sept. 29, will feature physician Elizabeth Goodman discussing “The Biology of Social Justice: New Approaches to Childhood Obesity.”

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