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Center for the Study of

Race and Race Relations

Center History
The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
(CSRRR) is the brainchild of two UF law professors,
Sharon Rush and Kenneth Nunn. Their "radical" idea,
according to Professor Rush, was to "place race on the
table as a legitimate academic exercise." In 1996 the pair
worked with a small group of faculty interested in creat-
ing a premier race Center. The proposal was drafted and
presented to the administration. In the spring of 1998,
the new Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
was born.

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
is committed to de-stigmatizing race in America. With
the objective of fostering communities of dialogue,
the Center embraces historically and empirically based
thinking, talking, teaching and writing on race, and cre-
ates and supports programs designed to enhance race-
related curriculum development for faculty, staff and
students in collegiate and professional schools. Of the
five U.S. law schools with race centers, the CSRRR is
uniquely focused on curriculum development.

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations is an
academic research and resource center. The Center's mis-
sion is met through the work of various groups engaged in
a wide range of activities. This work includes:
Producing, supporting and highlighting race-related
scholarship within and beyond the UF community.
Gathering, analyzing and sharing historical and con-
temporary knowledge about race and race relations.
Developing and supporting through teaching,
research, writing and workshops race-related cur-
ricula for collegiate and professional schools.
Fostering non-stigmatizing ways of discussing
issues of race and ethnicity, involving African
Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians, Asian
Americans and Whites.

Professors Sharon Rush and Kenneth Nunn, CSRRR Co-Founders

"We wanted the Center to be a place
where race could be discussed and
solutions offered to keep race on
the table as a legitimate academic
,- lhai n Rush
Irving Cypen Professor of Law

"To some degree, people did not
have a sophisticated understanding
of the information that was available
on questions of race. We wanted to
begin to change that. We wanted this
in7lliOlion to begin to converse about
race in a serious way. "
SKenneth Nunn
Professor of Law

Programs and Activities



Faculty Reading Initiative
In September 2004, the Center for the Study of Race and
Race Relations and University of Florida Office of the
President sponsored the Faculty Reading Initiative (FRI).
The FRI was modeled after the "freshman assigned text"
concept, but took the idea in a new direction. UF's 4,000
faculty were asked to focus on a single point of reference
from which to facilitate discussion and learning about
race. The text for the FRI was Dr. Beverly Tatum's
book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in
the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.
This provocative work features a frank and wide-rang-
ing evaluation of race, racial identity and race relations.
Dr. Tatum, noted author, researcher, clinical psycholo-
gist and ninth president of Spelman College, gave the

During the Faculty Reading Initiative, Dr. Tatum challenged
audience members to reconsider their preconceived notions
about race relations and to talk openly about race issues.
"There's too much 'shhh-ing' going on," Tatum said as she
demonstrated the level of discomfort many people have with
discussing race relations.

keynote address at the symposium cumulating the sum-
mer-long reading initiative. Held as part of UF President
J. Bernard Machen's inauguration celebration, the FRI
symposium drew 400-plus participants from UF and the
Gainesville community for a spirited discussion of race.

Race and Law Curriculum Workshop
2005 Inaugural Conference, Gainesville, Florida
The Race and Law Curriculum Workshop is an ongoing
CSRRR program designed to provide a small group of
participants with an extraordinary opportunity to net-
work, exchange ideas, discuss issues and problems, and
share successes with colleagues who have an interest
and commitment to integrating race into the law school

The 2005 inaugural meeting in Gainesville, Florida,
brought together race scholars from across the nation.
Led by some of the nation's leading race scholars, con-
ference panels addressed:
The place of race in the law school curriculum
Race in required and elective courses
Race and pedagogy
The consequences of teaching race

Speakers at the workshop included:

Keith Aoki (University of Oregon)
Alfred Brophy (University of Alabama)
John O. Calmore (University of North Carolina)
Kim Forde-Mazrui (University of Virginia)
Tanya Hernandez (Rutgers, Newark)
Sherrilyn Ifill (University of Maryland)
Angela Mae Kupenda (Mississippi College)
continued on next page


The 2005 CSRRR Race and Law Curriculum Workshop
continuedfrom page 2
Cynthia Lee (George Washington University)
Margaret Montoya (University of New Mexico)
john powell (Ohio State)
Gerald Torres (University of Texas)
David Troutt (Rutgers University)
Gloria Valencia-Weber (University of New

"Race is a bizarre, incoherent
concept that has little scientific

RLCW Conference Proceedings and papers will be
available Spring 2006. Keynotes speeches from David
Troutt (Rutgers University) and Gerald Torres are
available on the Center's website.
Plans are underway for the second Race and Law
Curriculum Workshop to be held in 2008 in Gainesville,
Spring Lecture Series
The goal of the Spring Lecture Series is to invite lead-
ing scholars and educators on race to present their
research to the law school and the UF community. It is
also designed to showcase the diversity of scholarship
on race.
The Center held its first Spring Lecture in April
2004. Professor Paul Butler of George Washington
University Law School presented his article, "Much
Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment,"
continued on next page

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meaning and extraordinary
social meaning. How could you
not be interested in it? "
-Professor Paul Butler
(center, / ith Dean Robert
Jerry, former UF Provost David Colburn, CSRRR Director Katheryn
Russell-Brown and Assistant Director Melissa Bamba)



continued from page 3

which examines the way punishment and criminal
justice issues are treated in hip-hop culture and the
alternative vision for punishment the community might
embrace. The second CSRRR Spring Lecture held in
April 2005 featured Professor Paul Finkelman of the
University of Tulsa College of Law, who presented
"Affirmative Action for the Master Class: Understanding
the Proslavery Constitution and Its Implications for 21st
Century America." Through an analysis of the historical
period leading up to the drafting and ratification of the
Constitution, Professor Finkelman laid bare the hidden
and not-so-hidden ways in which the issue of slavery
was central to nearly every aspect of the drafting of the

Children, Race and Education
The Beyond Brown: Children, Race and Education
Conference marked the 50th anniversary of the land-
mark case of Brown v. Board of Education, in which the
Supreme Court held that segregated schools violated the
equal protection clause of the Constitution. The two-day
conference, which attracted legal scholars, community
activists, educators and students, explored the history

Civil Rights activist and author Constance Curry (second
from left, with CSRRR Director Katheryn Russell Brown, Dean
Robert Jerry and Center for Children and Families Director
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse) gave the opening night keynote
address at the Beyond Brown Conference.

and legacy of Brown and its implications for children,
educators, and educational policy today. The Brown
Conference was co-sponsored by the CSRRR and Center
on Children and Families and supported by the Institute
for Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation
(ICARE) at the University of Florida and the UF College
of Education.

"In order to fully understand modern race

relations in the United States, we must first

understand that we started off in the wrong

direction, on the wrong foot and to protect

the wrong inlitiions. "
-Professor Paul Finkelman,
University of Tulsa College of Law


Race Conversations With
Law Students
In an effort to encourage open dia-
logue on race and race-related top-
ics, the Race Center has sponsored
a series of race conversations with
law students. Representatives from
various student organizations at the
Levin College of Law were invited to
meet and talk informally about race.
Over lunch, students discussed a
range of ideas and topics, including
race relations among students at the
law school, racial diversity at the law
school, and how to improve race rela-
tions and the racial climate across the
UF campus.

The Yegelwel Fellowship
The Yegelwel Fellowship supports
student research and scholarship
toward the goal of reducing crime
motivated by hate, prejudice, or ste-
reotyping. A generous gift from UF
Law alumnus Evan Yegelwel (class
of 1980) has made this fellowship
possible. Mr. Yegelwel is a partner
in the Jacksonville, Florida law
firm of Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis,
McClamma, and Yegelwel.

Third-year law student Megan Saillant
(left) was the 2004-2005 recipient of
the Yegelwel Fellowship. Megan gradu-
ated from Indiana University in 2001
with a degree in Policy Studies, served
as an Americorps VISTA in Denver and
Atlanta, and was an investigator with the
Montgomery County Public Defender's
office in Rockville, Maryland. As a VISTA
intern, she helped students in schools
in low-income communities with issues
relating to literacy and college prepared-
ness. Megan, who plans to pursue a career
in civil rights or criminal law, examined
in her fellowship paper the implications
of making political affiliation a protected
SC class under current hate crime laws.

"I think the most valuable experience I had as a Yegelwel

Fellow was attending the Race and Law Curriculum

Workshop. Hearing all of the different professors from

different schools in different parts of the country speak

about how race can be such an integral part of the law

school curriculum was fascinating. My perception of all of

my classes has completely changed. I have a heightened

awareness, that I think is essential, of how each case, law

or rule is affected by race, and how these in turn may affect

current race relations."
Megan Saillant, 2004-05 Yegelwel Fellow


CSRRR Faculty and Staff



Katheryn Russell-Brown, Director
Professor of Law and Director of the
Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations Dr. Katheryn Russell-Brown
received her undergraduate degree
from the University of California,
Berkeley, her law degree from the -
University of California Hastings Law e
Dr. Katheryn
School, and her Ph.D. in Criminology Russell-Brown
from the University of Maryland,
College Park.

Dr. Russell-Brown's teaching, research and writ-
ing have been in the areas of criminal law, sociol-
ogy of law, and race and crime. Her 1994 article,
"The Constitutionality of Jury Override in Alabama
Death Penalty Cases," published in the Alabama Law
Review, was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris
v. Alabama, 513 U.S. 504 (1995).

She is the author of "Black Protectionism as a Civil
Rights Strategy" 53 Buffld, Law Review 1 (2005)
and the book, Protecting Our Own: Race, Crime and
African Americans (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).
She also is the author of two books published by New
York University Press: The Color of Crime (1998) and
Underground Codes: Race, Crime, and Related Fires
(2004). She also co-edited Petit Apartheid in the U.S.
Criminal Justice System (with Dragan Milovanovic)
in 2001 (Carolina Academic Press) and has published
numerous other journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Russell-Brown taught criminology at the University
of Maryland for 11 years. She has also taught at Howard
University and Alabama State University and worked at the
Southern Poverty Law Center as a legal intern.

Melissa I. Bamba, Assistant Director
Assistant Director of the Center for "-
the Study of Race and Race Relations
Melissa Bamba received her under-
graduate degree from Temple
University, her paralegal certificate
from Widener University and her
Master of Arts degree in criminol-
Melissa Bamba
ogy and criminal justice from the
University of Maryland.

Her professional experience extends over all stages of the
research process and in applied settings. She was respon-
sible for coordinating a biomedical research project at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the
U.S. Veteran's Administration Hospital. She also worked
with the George Washington University Biostatistics
Center on a National Institutes of Health-sponsored clini-
cal trial, ensuring quality control and patient safety.

Ms. Bamba also has worked extensively in social sci-
ence research. From 1998 to 2000 she worked as a
Research Associate with the National Academy of
Science/National Research Council's Committee on Law
and Justice. During her tenure she worked with expert
panels assembled to study juvenile delinquency, patho-
logical gambling, policing and illegal drugs. Prior to this
she worked in a private consulting firm for clients such
as the Office of National Drug Control Policy (the "Drug
Czar's" office), the National Institute of Justice, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the
National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Her research interests revolve around issues of identity
and political behavior.


Jonathan Cohen
Associate Professor of Law

Nancy E. Dowd
Professor of Law

Stephanie Evans
African-American Studies and Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research
Assistant Professor

Berta E. Hernandez-Truyol
Professor of Law

Michelle S. Jacobs
Professor of Law

Lonn Lanza-Kaduce
Professor of Sociology and Criminology

Michael Leslie
Associate Professor of Telecommunication

Pedro Malavet
Professor of Law

Terry Mills
Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean for Minority Affairs

Kenneth B. Nunn
Professor of Law

Juan Perea
Professor of Law

Alexis R. Piquero
Professor of Criminology

Sharon Elizabeth Rush
Professor of Law

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Publications & Outreach

CONNECTIONS is the official newsletter of the Center
for the Study of Race and Race Relations. The newsletter
is published annually in the spring and is designed to keep
CSRRR friends and the University of Florida community
informed of the Center's activities and programs, highlight
the work of race scholars locally and around the country
and provide a forum for discussion of current issues and

The Winter 2006 edition of CONNECTIONS is available
on the CSRRR website at www.law.ufl.edu/centers/
csrrr/. If you would like your name added to the mailing
list to receive CONNECTIONS, e-mail the Race Center at
csrrr@ law.ufl.edu.

Future Programs, Activities
and Publications
Conference Proceedings from the Inaugural
Race and Law Curriculum Workshop, 2005
Contact CSRRR for copies.
Race and Law Curriculum Workshop II (2008)
The Center will convene its second Race and Law
Curriculum Workshop in 2008. The workshop enables
participants to network, exchange ideas, discuss issues
and problems, and share successes with colleagues who

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations works
with faculty and students to spotlight and encourage conver-
sations about many issues related to race.

share their commitment to integrate race into the law
school curriculum.
History Project
The history project will document and provide a review and
analysis of the history of race at the University of Florida,
the law school, and the city of Gainesville. The report will
survey this history from the time of the civil rights move-
ment's influence on race relations in Gainesville, through
the affirmative action battle that culminated in the Supreme
Court case of Grutter v. B. .. .

"Diversity and racial issues are important to all of us. We are
very proud that the Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations -under the dedicated leadership of Director Dr
Katheryn Russell-Brown and Assistant Director Melissa Bamba
and through its interdisciplinary, research-based, academic
mission plays a key role in focusing the attention of others

on how we can work together to address these issues."
-Robert Jerry, Dean, Levin College of Law


You can help the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations by:
* E-mailing a race-related topic that is important to you to csrrr@law.ufl.edu
* Helping out with the Center's programs and activities
* Becoming a Center affiliate
* Letting us know about your work or your group's work as it pertains to race
* Recommending a book for discussion
* Making a donation

Please join us in our efforts to identify and address the many
difficult but important issues related to race and curriculum
development. We look forward to working with you. We
welcome your questions and comments.

Levin College of Law Center for the
E-mail: csrrrlaw.ufl.edu Study of Race and Race Relations
E-mail: csrrr@law.ufl.edu
P.O. Box 117625
Phone: 352-273-0614 Fax: 352-392-3005 P. Box 1
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625

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