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What is black culture? Does it have an essence? What do we lose and gain by assuming that it does, and by building our laws accordingly?

Richard Thompson Ford, the George Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and author of Racial Culture: A Critique, discussed his book at a free public lecture at the University of Oregon as the 2005-2006 Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon Lecturer in Law and American Culture.

In his lecture, Ford questioned the common presumption of political multiculturalism that social categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are defined by distinctive cultural practices.

The O’Fallon Lecture was established by a generous gift from Henry and Betsy Mayer, named in memory of their nephew, son of law professor James O’Fallon and his wife, artist Ellen Thomas.

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