Philadelphia Forum on Design, Race, and Climate Change
Lecture by Sheryll Cashin, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Georgetown University, Author of "White Space, Black Hood"
- | Kleinman Forum (room 414), Fisher Fine Arts Library, registration required
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Sheryll Cashin is an acclaimed author who writes mainly about the US struggle with racism and inequality. Her most recent book, White Space, Black Hood, is about the role of segregation and redlining in reproducing inequality – a system of American residential caste that endures. Her 2017 book, Loving, explores the history and future of interracial intimacy in America, how white supremacy was constructed and how cross-racial allies undermine it. Cashin’s books have been a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction, and an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review. She is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at Georgetown, where she teaches Constitutional Law, and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. A contributing writer for Politico Magazine, she has also written commentaries for The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington PostSalonThe Root, and other media. For her writing and advocacy, she was recently named by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of DC’s Most Influential People. Cashin is also a self-taught historian and memoirist, a daughter of civil rights agitators in Alabama, a sought-after speaker and a regular commentator on national radio, TV, news media, and podcasts. (Headshot photo by Robyn Bishop.)