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November 19, 2003

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330

Gerald Torres and Lani Guinier to Give Public Lecture on “The Changing Face of Politics and Race,” Nov. 21

WHAT: Reception and public lecture to celebrate publication of The Miner’s Canary
WHERE: UT Law in the Jamail Pavilion and Eidman Courtroom
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. reception, 12 p.m. lecture

AUSTIN, Texas — Gerald Torres, a law professor at The University of Texas School of Law, will present a public lecture on “The Changing Face of Politics and Race” on Friday, Nov. 21, in the Connally Center’s Eidman Courtroom. A reception will precede the lecture.

Harvard law professor Lani Guinier will join Torres via videoconferencing to discuss their meetings and experiences with a wide range of groups and organizations that have made use of the ideas and insights in their book, The Miner’s Canary (Harvard Press, 2002). The lecture is the public part of a weekend symposium to celebrate the publication of the book, which was described by Publisher’s Weekly as "one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years."

Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory as well as an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He was also selected to be the 2003 president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and will serve as the organization's president in 2004. He came to Texas from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993, and has also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as Counsel to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

Torres' many articles include "Translation and Stories" (Harvard Law Review 2002), "Who Owns The Sky?" (Pace Law Review, 2001) (Garrison Lecture), "Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right" (Environmental Law, 1996), and "Translating Yonnondio by Precedent and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case" (Duke Law Journal, 1990). He is a member of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute and the National Petroleum Council and formerly served on EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford and Harvard law schools and is a member of the American Law Institute.