The Past and Future of Affirmative Action

Monday, May 15 — Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

An all-star panel of academic experts on affirmative action convene for a two-day conference on its future.

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As the country awaits a verdict from the Supreme Court on the legality of race-based affirmative action in higher education admissions, a distinguished group of scholars examines the history of affirmative action and how we will achieve social and economic justice if it is struck down.

This event will take place in person and via livestream over two days. Monday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Skylight Room, and Tuesday, May 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Segal Theater. 


  • Richard Alba (Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Prudence Carter (Brown University)
  • Linda Chavez (Center for Equal Opportunity)
  • Margaret Chin (Hunter College/GC, CUNY)
  • Andrew Delbanco (Columbia University and Teagle Foundation)
  • Richard Kahlenberg (Georgetown University)
  • Jerome Karabel (University of California-Berkeley)
  • Randall Kennedy (Harvard Law School)
  • Ajantha Subramanian (Harvard University)
  • Tom Sugrue (New York University)
  • Marta Tienda (Princeton University)
  • John Torpey (Graduate Center, CUNY)
  • Natasha Warikoo (Tufts University)

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This event is co-sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Ph.D. Program in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center.


CUNY attendees must show proof of vaccination by presenting a valid CUNY Access Pass through the CLEARED4 health validation platform upon entry. Non-CUNY visitors will need to show proof of ID by presenting a valid government-issued photo document. See the full Building Entry Policy for more information.