Covering: The Hidden Attack On Our Civil Rights

Date: May 8, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Maxey Auditorium

Yoshino posterOur society claims to embrace racial, gender, and physical differences. Yet, it still routinely denies equal treatment when these groups refuse to downplay-or "cover"-their differences. In his book, Covering, Kenji Yoshino offered a new paradigm for diversity.

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law. Educated at Harvard, Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School, Yoshino taught from 1998 to 2008 at Yale Law School, where he was the Deputy Dean and the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law. In 2011, he was elected an Overseer of Harvard University. A specialist in constitutional law, civil rights law, and law and literature, he has written for major academic journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. He also contributes to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Slate, and appears regularly on Charlie Rose and NPR.

His new project is Uncovering, a groundbreaking contribution in the ongoing war for talent, which deals with, among other things, “covering” in the workplace. The blockbuster report looks at the track record of corporate inclusion, and makes bracing recommendations for how to expand prevailing attitudes about leadership, hiring, promotion, opportunities, and long-term growth. Yoshino is also a trusted speaker on same-sex marriage in America, having covered the topic for nearly two decades, from various angles: personal, political, legislative, even economic. In his groundbreaking book, Covering, Yoshino fuses legal manifesto with autobiography. In it, he argues that each of us “covers”—that, bending to societal pressure, we tone down an aspect of our personality to gain acceptance from the mainstream.

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