Critical Race Reading Seminar | L47xx

This seminar provides a unique opportunity for Denver Law students to earn one credit by studying a significant topic related to the law and racial justice in a team-taught format. The seminar will allow students to begin to develop 1) a substantive understanding of the application of critical race theory to a variety of contemporary legal and social issues, and 2) a sense of professional identity through the examination of lawyering practice in the context of critical race theory. Topics discussed generally change each semester to respond to current events and pressing needs and interests.

For spring 2018, we intend to read portions of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson and portions of Ibram Kendi’s book, Stamped from the Beginning, which won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction and explores the origin of racist ideas in America through narrative, and explore current iterations of racial injustice as demonstrated through 5 to 8 different subjects through supplemental essays. While there will be one main law professor for the class, different faculty members will lead various sessions and there may also be guest lectures from faculty and practitioners in other disciplines. Students will thus have an opportunity to interact with an array of professors who have expertise and interest in critical race theory and practice. Students will receive a letter grade based on their participation in class, field observations and corresponding reflective exercises, and a final paper.

Faculty: Alexi Freeman and members of the Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place and the Law (

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 2
ULW: This course does not meet the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW).

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