The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

5/15 and 5/16- The Past and Future of Affirmative Action

The Past and Future of Affirmative Action

a conference

May 15-16, 2023

The Graduate Center, CUNY


As the country awaits a verdict from the Supreme Court on the legality of race-based affirmative action in higher education admissions, a distinguished group of scholars examines the history of affirmative action and how we will achieve social and economic justice if it is struck down.


Speakers include:

Richard Alba (Graduate Center, CUNY)

Prudence Carter (Brown University)

Linda Chavez (Center for Equal Opportunity)

Margaret Chin (Hunter College/GC, CUNY)

Andrew Delbanco (Columbia University and Teagle Foundation)

Richard Kahlenberg (Georgetown University)

Jerome Karabel (University of California-Berkeley)

Randall Kennedy (Harvard Law School)

Ajantha Subramanian (Harvard University)

Tom Sugrue (New York University)

Marta Tienda (Princeton University)

John Torpey (Graduate Center, CUNY)

Natasha Warikoo (Tufts University)


This event will take place in person and via livestream.


Monday, May 15, 9-5 in the Skylight Room

Tuesday, May 16, 9-4 in the Segal Theater


RSVP to attend in person to:

Register for the livestream link:



American Council of Learned Societies

Advanced Research Collaborative, the Graduate Center, CUNY

Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, the Graduate Center, CUNY

PhD Program in Sociology, the Graduate Center, CUNY