SCHR Speaker Series: Robert L. Tsai

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

A path-breaking account of how Americans have used innovative legal measures to overcome injustice—and an indispensable guide to pursuing equality in our time.

Equality is easy to grasp in theory but often hard to achieve in reality. In this accessible and wide-ranging work, American University law professor Robert L. Tsai offers a stirring account of how legal ideas that aren’t necessarily about equality at all—ensuring fair play, behaving reasonably, avoiding cruelty, and protecting free speech—have often been used to overcome resistance to justice and remain vital today.

Practical Equality is an original and compelling book on the intersection of law and society. Tsai, a leading expert on constitutional law who has written widely in the popular press, traces challenges to equality throughout American history: from the oppression of emancipated slaves after the Civil War to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to President Trump’s ban on Muslim travelers. He applies lessons from these and other past struggles to such pressing contemporary issues as the rights of sexual minorities and the homeless, racism in the criminal justice system, police brutality, voting restrictions, oppressive measures against migrants, and more.

Deeply researched and well argued, Practical Equality offers a sense of optimism and a guide to pursuing equality for activists, lawyers, public officials, and concerned citizens.

This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library. The Library is wheelchair accessible. For additional access information, please contact Terrica Ganzy at tganzy@schr.org or (404) 688-1202.

A reception with light refreshments will occur before the program. Charis will sell books.

Event address: 
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780393652024
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 19th, 2019

Equality is easy to grasp in theory but often hard to achieve in reality. In this accessible and wide-ranging work, American University law professor Robert L.