The John E. Sullivan Lecture

  • You are cordially invited to join Capital University Law School for the 37th Annual John E. Sullivan Lecture 

    Interracial Marriage and Racial Equality: The Role of Segregated Housing

    Dorothy Roberts
    George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Thursday, November 12, 2015
    4:00 PM (doors will open at 3:30 PM)
    Capital University Law School - A121/A122

    Professor Roberts will explore the relationship between interracial marriage and racial equality in Chicago during the emergence of the civil rights movement in the 1940s and 1950s. How did black-white couples experience and understand their marriages in relation to the intensifying challenge to the racial order? Although they lived outside the Jim Crow South, a significant aspect of their experience was segregated housing, which drastically limited where they could reside. This lecture is part of a book project that draws on an extraordinary archive of in-depth interviews of interracial couples conducted by Chicago anthropologist Robert E.T. Roberts over the course of five decades.

    This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2.00 total CLE hour(s) instruction. 


    Attendees are invited to a reception immediately following the event.   

    If you have any questions or trouble registering, please contact Debbie Scott ( 
    or 614-236-6383). 

    The John E. Sullivan Lecture was established in honor of Professor Emeritus John Edward Sullivan, a dedicated teacher and scholar who was appointed to the Law School faculty in 1953 and who also served as acting dean and academic dean during his tenure. The Sullivan Lecture is presented each academic year by a distinguished legal scholar who addresses a matter of significance to the Law School and to the greater legal community