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Baruch College Presents Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series

"Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Laws, and Social Norms"



NEW YORK, NY-March 12, 2015 -The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series on Equality and Justice, and the Engelman family presents Richard R.W. Brooks “Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Laws, and Social Norms” on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.. Saving the Neighborhood tells the charged, still controversial story of the rise and fall of racially restrictive covenants in America, and offers rare insight into the ways legal and social norms reinforce one another, acting with pernicious efficacy to codify and perpetuate intolerance.

A reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. prior to the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, click here.

Professor Brooks is the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law at Columbia University. He holds a B.A. from Cornell; an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley; a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the faculty at Yale in 2003 and taught previously at Northwestern University School of Law and in Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management. Brooks has served as a visiting researcher at the Center in Law, Economics and Organization at the University of Southern California Law School; on an advisory committee to the Social, Behavioral and Economics Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation; and as a research specialist in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.


WHAT: “Spring 2015 Ackerman Lecture. Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Laws, and Social Norms”


WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

             6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


WHERE: Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus
              55 Lexington Avenue,
              William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Room 14-220



About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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