October 01, 2010

‘Presumption of Guilt’ Author to Open CWRU Diversity Lecture Series

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Charles Ogletree

Charles Ogletree Jr., the author of The Presumption of Guilt:  the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America, will deliver the inaugural talk for the Power of Diversity Lecture Series at Case Western Reserve University. 

Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence in Crawford Hall, 10900 Euclid Ave. Following his lecture, Ogletree will sign his book.

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve is presenting this free, public lecture, “Why Diversity Matters in the Obama Era,” with support from KeyBank, its corporate sponsor.

According to Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley,  “This lecture series supports the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence with ideas, research and dialogue that will contribute to greater knowledge and understanding of these issues on campus, in our community and around the nation.”

Ogletree represented Gates after his arrest in 2009 by Cambridge, Mass., police and wrote about the ordeal and how it relates to current social justice issues. 

He is also the author of All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education.

Other written or edited works are The Road to Abolition: the Future of Capital Punishment in the United States, When Law Fails:  Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice (with Austin Sarat) and From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State:  Race and the Death Penalty in America.

For his groundbreaking work, Olgetree has been recognized with the American Bar Association Spirit of Excellence Award (2009), the National Law Journal’s 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America (2008) and Ebony Magazine’s 100+ Most Influential Black Americans (2006 to the present) and many others.


Future guest and faculty speakers include:

  • Sue  Hinze,  associate professor of sociology, “The Power of Diversity or the Diversity  of Power,” 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in Alumni House.
  • Lashanda T. Korley, the Nord Distinguish Assistant Professor in macromolecular science and engineering, “Promoting Diversity in Academia:  The Importance of Mentoring,” 3 p.m. Feb. 9, in Alumni House.
  • Matthew I. Garrett, director of the Case Concert Choir and assistant professor of choral music education, “Educational Diversity in the 21st Century:  The LGBT Component of Teacher Training,” March 16, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Alumni House.
  • Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women, who will speak about “The Economic Case for Diversity,” on March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the university’s Wolstein Center.

For information, call Liz Roccoforte at 216-368-3206 or visit case.edu/diversity.

Posted by: David Wilson, October 1, 2010 09:57 AM | News Topics:

Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.