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Equity & Difference: Rights

The New Civil Rights Movement

Mon. April 9, 2018      6:30–8 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave., Seattle

UW professor Megan Ming Francis examines the Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights and LGBTQ movements to reimagine what a successful rights movement might look like.

Admission is free. Advance registration is required. Stay for a reception with refreshments after the lecture.

Part of the Equity & Difference: Rights lecture series. Produced in partnership with the University of Washington Graduate School.


Megan Ming Francis is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and is also the field director for history and political development at the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the construction of rights and citizenship, black political activism, and the post-civil war South. Born and raised in Seattle, she was educated at Garfield High School, Rice University in Houston and Princeton University, where she received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in politics. She is the author of the multiple-award winning book, “Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State” (2014). This book tells the story of how the early campaign against state sanctioned racial violence of the NAACP shaped the modern civil rights movement. Her research and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, PBS, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and TEDx talks.

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