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CSULB to Host Recognized Legal Scholar Mari Matsuda

Published: October 13, 2008

“Intellectual Freedom in Dangerous Times” will be the challenge explored by Mari Matsuda on Thursday, Oct. 16, at CSULB.

A noted constitutional scholar and one of the leading voices in critical race theory since its inception, Matsuda is the John Carroll Research Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1998, she became the first tenured female Asian-American law professor in the United States when she taught at UCLA. Matsuda has served as a judicial training consultant in countries as diverse as Micronesia and South Africa, and her work has been quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court. She also has the rare dual distinction of being recognized by Ms. Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Asian-Americans and being listed as one of the 101 most dangerous professors in America by neoliberal conservative David Horowitz.

The topic of the talk is critical today. Challenges to intellectual freedom are growing, as universities around the country face problems that include diminishing federal and state funding, the incursion of corporate power into academia, runaway commercialization, and the rising influence of a national security state. Ideological fundamentalism has joined with an increasing focus on education as simple job training to dispute the university’s commitment to public service and the examination of the nation’s deepest moral and ethical values.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Lecture Hall 150 on campus, and is sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies, the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Mari Matsuda

Mari Matsuda