Course Details

912: Civil Rights and Government Institutions

February 8, 9, 10,
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

In thinking about Federal government policies that have discriminated against Blacks, as well as policies to end discrimination, we should be mindful that “the government” is not one thing. It is composed of three separate branches, each of which has had a unique role affecting minority rights. This study group will examine some of the most important policy outcomes affecting Blacks, positive and negative, that emanated from the Executive Branch, Congress, and the Supreme Court since Reconstruction. We will discuss: 1) what these actions illustrate about the role and politics of those institutions, 2) what has been the impact of those actions, and 3) what lessons we can learn from these episodes.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Mark Nadel
Mark Nadel has taught political science at Cornell University, participated in the policy process at the Government Accountability Office and the Social Security Administration, and after retiring from the government, taught at Georgetown’s School of Public Policy and its Government Affairs Institute.