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CSLS Speaker Series – CHARLES REICHMANN – 12:45pm
Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Charles Reichmann is an Attorney and Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law
He will be speaking on his paper
“Anti-Chinese Racism at Berkeley: The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall”
Those familiar with UC Berkeley School of Law know its traditional name and the name of its primary classroom building – Boalt Hall. Yet few know much about the man who gave the law school its name. A close look at John Boalt’s legacy, however, calls out for a reexamination of the law school’s continued association with Boalt, given the contrast between UC Berkeley’s stated values and Boalt’s influential views that the Chinese were an unassimilable race that ought to be excluded from the United States. Through his widely-circulated and virulently racist 1877 address “The Chinese Question” and his proposal for a plebiscite on further immigration, Boalt was instrumental in catalyzing support for the Chinese Exclusion Act. Boalt’s racial theories are similar to those of other nineteenth century racists whose images and names have recently been removed from or re-contextualized within public forums.
Please join us on Monday, September 25 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
Charles Reichmann’s SF Chronicle Op-Ed (May 18, 2017) and the draft of an article to be published in the Asian American Law Journal Vol 25 (2018) are available on the Center’s website and in hard copy at the Center as well.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director
Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.
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