Press Release: Introducing Critical Race Theory & the Struggle for Equality

Introducing: "Critical Race Theory and the Struggle for Equality: Brazil, India and the United States"

The Global Affirmative Action Praxis Project (GAAPP) invites applications for its transnational seminar "Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the Struggle for Equality: Brazil, India and the United States." This intensive 8-day summer program is offered by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) in partnership with the Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law (CRS) and the Navsarjan Trust (India).

From June 8-16th 2009, the GAAPP Transnational Seminar will bring a select group of professors, students and senior activists to the U.S. together with GAAPP alums, American law school professors, and social justice advocates to explore remedies designed to address societal stratification and to consider ways to globalize the imperitive of social justice.

The seminar will address the origins and key insights of Critical Race Theory, the comparative patterns of stratification in the U.S., Brazil and India, and the differences and similarities of anti-discrimination strategies in those countries. Likewise, participants will explore interdisciplinary research projects at the university level and on-the-ground practices of key social justice organizations. The discussions will focus on current challenges and on the potential of  human rights discourses to frame and advance racial justice advocacy around the world.

15 Afro-Brazilians and Dalit participants will attend. The teaching faculty will consist of leading critical race theorists including Cheryl Harris, Devon Carbado, George Lipsitz, Jerry Kang, Kimberle Crenshaw, Luke Harris, Russell Robinson and Saul Sarabia. They will be joined by Dalit senior activists, including Martin Macwan, the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy award for his groundbreaking work organizing Dalits in rural India and Dr. Jurema Werneck, an Afro-Brazilian feminist, physician and leading voice at the World Conference on Racism and post-Durban.

The central goal of the seminar is to facilitate the growth of a transnational network of students, researchers and advocates committed to realizing greater levels of social inclusion and institutional access for traditionally excluded populations. The seminar builds on the recommendations of an internationl newtork of scholars who gathered in Bellagio, Italy in 2007 to advance greater cooperation in efforts to understand and intervene against race and caste stratification around the world. This networking, initially facilitated by the Rockefeller Foundation, now draws the  support from Brazilian non-profit institutions such as Educafo and PUC-RJ in Brazil, Brazil and US Joint Action Plan (JASPER), and the Cordaid Group, in The Netherlands.

To advance the networking and global literacy of objectives of GAAPP, AAPF will make a limited number of slots available to American participants who wish to enroll. GAAPP invites applications from advanced undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and academics, and lawyers and human rights practitioners from any related field. Applicants should fill in the registration form at If you have any difficulties registering, please email There is no cost to apply.

Registration is $400.00 for students or $600.oo for professionals. The fee covers tuition, materials, facilities fee, welcome-dinner, lunch and snacks. Participants will be registered in the GAAPP network and will receive a certificate of attendance.

Lodging and local transportation must be arranged separately. A list of conveniently-located and well-priced hotels is available. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.  GAAPP will provide an official letter of invitation in support of those seeking summer grants from colleges, universities, or other organizations.

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