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Dudziak to Discuss ‘Exporting American Dreams’

CONTACT: Professor Mark Kende, 515-271-3354, mark.kende@drake.edu; Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Mary L. Dudziak, the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado professor of law, history and political science at the University of California Law School, will give a lecture titled “Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey” on Monday, Jan. 29.

The event, which is free and open to the public as part of the Drake Constitutional Law Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series, will start at 4 p.m. in room 213 of Cartwright Hall, 27th Street and Carpenter Avenue. A reception will follow.

As a legal historian, Dudziak draws on research focusing primarily on international approaches to American legal history. She has written extensively about the impact of foreign affairs on civil rights policy during the Cold War and other topics in 20th-century American legal history.

Dudziak is the author of “Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy” (Princeton University Press, 2000); editor of “September 11 in History: A Watershed Moment?” (Duke University Press, 2003); and co-editor (with Leti Volpp) of “Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders.”

Dudziak earned her AB from the University of California, Berkeley, and her JD, MA, M.Phil. and PhD in American Studies from Yale University. Prior to joining the USC Law faculty in 1998, she was a law clerk for Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and a professor of law and history at the University of Iowa. She was the William Nelson Cromwell visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School in 2005-06 and will be a visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2006-07.

For more information about Dudziak’s lecture at Drake, call 515-271-2988.