Kimberlé Crenshaw at Harvard Law School

On February 12 and 13, 2015, Professor Crenshaw made three outstanding, public presentations at Harvard Law School — at events organized by Harvard Law School’s Students for Inclusion.  All three talks are compiled talks in this video.

In the first talk, Professor Crenshaw tells several “war stories” from her time as a students at Harvard Law School, following the 1981 departure of Professor Derrick Bell. She describes the efforts she and her classmates made to fill that curricular gap, the failure of the HLS administration to fill that gap in a way that satisfied student demands, and the protests and curricular creativity that followed.  She discusses what that experience revealed about Harvard Law School, legal theory, and law at the time, what the students learned about creating an intellectual project, and how those experiences and lessons marked the beginning of Critical Race Theory.

In the second talk, Professor Crenshaw discusses the role of race in conventional legal pedagogy and what her efforts to create a different sort of classroom dynamic looks like.

In the third talk, Professor Crenshaw speaks about the important role of student activism in elite legal institutions like Harvard Law School — particularly in a moment when racial injustice is as salient as it is now.  She also discusses “how we got here” to a “post-post-racial moment” and about what might be learned from previous struggles about how to go forward in the struggle for racial justice.

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