Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place & Law

Speakers, Panels, and Films

2018-2019 Events

Faculty Training on Microaggressions/Managing Difficult Conversations
March 19, 2019

Venezuela: What Corporate Media Aren't Telling You
March 6, 2019, 12pm-1pm


Critical Race Reading Seminar
Spring semester 2019

Alumni-Student Reception
April 18, 2019

Advising and Tutoring Safe Zone in the Multiculturalism Office
Spring semester

RPL Post Election Town Hall
November 13, 2018

Colorado Immigration Detention
October 30, 2018

Community Discussion on Sexual Assault and Kavanaugh Hearings
October 10, 2018

Self Identified Diverse Students Reception
Sept 7, 2018

Students of Color Welcome in Orientation
August 8, 2018

Past Year's Events

2017-2018 Events

Real Black Power Workshop
March 2018

Black Panther Movie Night
February 26, 2018

Exam Prep Workshop
November 2017

Teaching Workshop
October 6, 2017

Self-identified Diverse Students Reception
September 2017

Students of Color Welcome Reception in Orientation
August 2017

2016-2017 Events

Crimmigration Law Lecture Series

Over the Spring 2016-Fall 2016 year, we are thrilled to partner with the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Center for Multicultural Excellence to host a year-long “Crimmigration Law Lecture Series.” Over the course of these two semesters, we have had or will have ten outstanding crimmigration scholars visit to share their latest work on race and crimmigration with us, our students and colleagues, and members of the DU and Denver communities. Below is a list of the upcoming lectures for the Fall 2016 term. The past lectures of Spring 2016 can be located in the past events section below.

Mass Deportation and Global Capitalism
October 14, 2016

Lecture by Tanya Golash-Boza, Associate Professor, University of California, Merced Department of Sociology
Noon, Anderson Academic Commons 290

Workshop by Amada Armenta, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. Moderated by Professor Golash-Boza.
5:30, Room 165

Lessons From Arizona
November 11, 2016

Lecture by Ingrid Eagly, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles Law School
Noon, Room 165

Workshop by Annie Lai, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law, and Todd Miller, Journalist and Author of “Border Patrol Nation,” Moderated by Professor Eagly
5:30, Room 165

2015-2016 Events

Crimmigration Law Lecture Series

Crimmigration and Race
March 3, 2016

Lecture by Kevin Johnson, Dean, University of California, Davis School of Law
Noon, Anderson Academic Commons 290

Workshop by Yolanda Vázquez, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, and Linus Chan, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota. Moderated by Dean Johnson.
5:30, Moot Court Room

Crimmigration Detention
April 19, 2016

Lecture by Jennifer Chacón, Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Noon, Moot Court Room

Workshop by Mariela Olivares, Associate Professor Howard University School of Law. Moderated by Professor Chacón.
5:30, Sturm Hall 251

Analyzing the Law Through a Racial Justice Lens

RPL is co-sposoring this series of events, lunch time lectures with follow up small discussion groups. Learn more here

Book Launch: Crimmigration Law

RPL is co-sponsoring a book launch for Prof. César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, whose new book “Crimmigration Law” was just released.
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Room 255, SCOL
Learn more here

2014-2015 Events

Equal Protection Initiative

Panel: Does Equal Protection Law Protect The Privileged?

January 28, 2015, 4pm-6pm

Professors Nancy Ehrenreich (Denver), Beto Juárez (Denver), Tom Romero (Denver), and Aya Gruber (Colorado)

This panel features law faculty discussing the leading cases that have effected a sea change in Equal Protection doctrine over recent years, changing it into a tool for defending privilege.

View the recording here.

Keynote Lecture: Angela Harris, U.C. Davis School of Law

February 12, 2015, 4:30pm-7pm

Keynote address on Equal Protection Doctrine with reception to follow.

View the recording here.

Panel: Lessons From Amendment 46

March 10, 2015, 4:00pm

This panel features local activists discussing lessons learned from the defeat of Colorado anti-affirmative action amendment 46 in 2008, with special focus on how messaging affects public reactions to affirmative action policies.

Keynote Lecture: Angela Onwuachi-Willig, University of Iowa College of Law

April 21, 2015, 4:15pm Reception, 5:30pm Lecture

Keynote address on critiques of mainstream affirmative action discourse.

Analyzing the Law Through a Racial Justice Lens

RPL is co-sposoring this series of events with the DU ACLU and BLSA chapters, and the Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness. The series includes four lunch lectures by RPL faculty and four follow-up small group discussions throughout the semester. Each lecture will dive into a different pressing legal matter and how that area of law relates to racial justice. Interested students will be placed into follow-up discussion groups of 5-8 students with a professor.

Prof. Robin Walker Sterling, “Ferguson Follow-Up”

February 2, 2015, Room 180

Profs. Lisa Graybill & Alexi Freeman, “Race, Communication, & Mass Media”

February 18, 2015, Room 180

In collaboration with the Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series, with guest CU-Boulder Ethnic Studies Prof. Daryl Joji Maeda

Prof. Nancy Ehrenreich, “Race and Reproductive Rights”

March 4, 2015

Prof. César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, “Race and Immigration”

March 25, 2015

Learn more here and here.

Other Events

Film Screening: No Sanctuary

February 23, 12:00 in Room 270

Film about the impact of private prison corporations on the growth of immigration detention. The 30-minute screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Profs. Lisa Graybill and César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández.

Learn more here

2013-2014 Events

Ian Haney López, “Dog Whistle Politics”

April 22, 2014

RPL hosted a lunch and lecture with Professor Ian Haney López, John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, open to the entire DU community.

Osagie Obasogie, “Blinded by Sight”

February 27, 2014

RPL hosted a faculty luncheon with Professor Osagie Obasogie, University of California-Hastings College of the Law, on the connection between the doctrinal and empirical aspects of Race in the Law. Co-sponsored by the office of the Associate Dean of Faculty Scholarship.


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Denver, CO 80208