Thursday, September 16, 2021

Lecture Series on Race and Regulation at PennLaw

A year-long lecture series, organized by the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania, will focus on issues of racial justice in regulation.  Speakers for the fall term will include: Chris Brummer of Georgetown University (Sept. 28); Jessica Trounstine of the University of California (Oct. 26); Guy-Uriel Charles of Harvard Law School (Nov. 2); Dorothy Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania (Nov. 16); and Jill Fisher of the University of North Carolina (Dec. 7). 

All lectures will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 pm Eastern Time via Zoom.  For more information and to register, visit:

September 28New Evidence on Racial Disparities in Financial Regulatory Leadership

Chris BrummerAgnes N. Williams Research Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Brummer, whose expertise includes financial inclusion and equity, financial regulation, and global governance, served previously on the National Adjudicatory Council of FINRA, a regulator of the securities industry. He also was a member of the Biden-Harris Transition team, advising on financial technology, racial equity, and systemic risk issues. His publications include What Do the Data Reveal About (the Absence of Black) Financial Regulators?

October 26Redlined Forever: The Racist Past of Today’s Land Use Regulations

Jessica TrounstineFoundation Board of Trustees Presidential Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Merced

Professor Trounstine studies American politics and political representation, with a focus on how political institutions generate racial and socioeconomic inequalities. She is the author of the award-winning book, Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities.

November 2Race, Political Power, and American Democracy: Rethinking Voting Rights Law and Policy for a Divided Nation

Guy-Uriel CharlesCharles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Professor Charles studies election law, race and law, and constitutional law, and directs the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard. He is co-editor of Race, Reform, and Regulation of the Electoral Process: Recurring Puzzles in American Democracy, and is at work on a new book, on which this lecture is based. This lecture is part of Public Interest Week 2021. It is also the Penn Program on Regulation’s 2021 Distinguished Regulation Lecture.

November 16Black Families Matter: How the U.S. Family Regulation System Punishes Poor People of Color

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

Professor Roberts is a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and the founding director of the Program on Race, Science & Society at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, her latest book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, will be released in 2022.

December 7How Race and Social Inequalities Influence Healthy People’s Paid Participation in FDA-Required Clinical Trials

Jill A. FisherProfessor of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Professor Fisher’s work explores how social inequalities are produced or exploited by commercialized medicine in the United States, especially in the conduct of clinical trials. Her talk will build on insights from her award-winning book, Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals.

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