Using Truth to Combat Power: A Faculty Lecture on Thurgood Marshall

Charles Zelden, Ph.D.
Charles Zelden, Ph.D.

The final talk in the Fall 2011 Faculty Lecture Series, hosted by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Alvin Sherman Library, Second Floor Gallery. Charles Zelden, Ph.D., professor in the college, will present a talk titled, “The Strategy of Using Truth to Combat Power: Thurgood Marshall’s and the NAACP’s Legal Strategy in the Fight for Racial Justice.”

This talk will focus on Thurgood Marshall’s strategy of using truth to combat entrenched power. Zelden will note the many ways that Marshall sought to pit truth against power, and will also discuss the success and failures of this strategy. More broadly, this presentation will seek to evaluate the ever-shifting balance that must be struck between accepting the realities of truth and abiding by the precedents of power in the maintenance of a well-ordered society.

The Faculty Lecture Series draws from the knowledge and expertise of more than 120 full-time faculty members within the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. The series explores the faculty’s diverse areas of interest in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and biological sciences. These talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Doan, Ph.D., professor in the college, at (954) 262-8207.

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