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Dorothy Roberts

Acclaimed scholar on race, gender and law to give Mansfield lecture

Posted: 03/20/2013
Acclaimed scholar and author Dorothy Roberts, who has conducted path-breaking work on legal and public-policy issues affecting the lives of women, children and African Americans, will speak on “The New Biopolitics of Race, Crime and Justice” at 4:30 p.m. March 28 in Roosevelt University’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Roberts is the author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century; Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare; and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty. Roberts, the 14th  Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at University of Pennsylvania, holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School and is also the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair.

“As an attorney, law professor and sociologist, Dorothy Roberts brings a unique perspective to issues involving race particularly as it relates to the criminal justice system and the mass incarceration of people of color,” said Heather Dalmage, professor of sociology and director of the Mansfield Institute.

Internationally known as an activist and social critic, Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics and child welfare. She will sign her latest book documenting the rise of a new racial politics, which relies on re-inventing the political system of race as a biological category written in our genes and which also obscures deepening racial inequities in society.

Sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, the lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For information, contact Nancy Michaels at or visit