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UNI's Center for Multicultural Education to host civil rights expert

October 12, 2012

Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,
Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Richard Thompson Ford, an expert on civil rights and anti-discrimination law, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

In his presentation "Law, Rights and Universal Principles," Ford will offer an analysis of human rights' struggles across the globe, discussing the realities of observing "universal" principles in specific cultures. The presentation is in conjunction with the CME Book Club, which will be discussing Ford's books "Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality" and "Universal Rights Down to Earth" before the lecture.

Ford is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is an expert on civil rights and antidiscrimination law, and he has written two books on the subjects of race and multiculturalism. Before teaching at Stanford, Ford was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School, a litigation associate with Morrison & Foerster, and a housing policy consultant for the city of Cambridge.

Ford's presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME, at 319-273-2250 or