Richard Rothstein to present annual Catlin Memorial Lecture, “The Color of Law”

April 15, 2019

Richard Rothstein, Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society will discuss the themes of his book, “The Color of Law,” at the annual Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. It will be held at the Bloustein School’s Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum and begin at 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. As of April 1, 2019 this event has reached capacity and we are no longer taking names for the wait list. Guests who registered and received a confirmation email should bring a copy of the RSVP/ticket to the event, or be prepared to show your ticket on your phone. A member of the Bloustein School staff will be on hand to scan tickets beginning at approximately 4:00 p.m. Once your ticket is scanned you will be presented with a wristband that will give you access to event.

Guests should note that general admission seating for NON-TICKETED GUESTS will begin at 4:45 p.m. If you arrive after 4:45 p.m., even with a ticket, we cannot guarantee you a seat.

In his groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation–that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation–the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

In 2019, Rutgers marks the centennial anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation from Rutgers College in 1919. In recognition, our community honors his achievements as a scholar, athlete, actor, singer, and global activist in a yearlong celebration featuring lectures, performances, art exhibitions, and more. The Catlin lecture was selected as one of many events to mark this centennial event. Paul Robeson Centennial events and activities showcase, acknowledge, and honor important Rutgers milestones and individuals that embodied Robeson’s legacy of resilience, activism, and inclusion, showcase Rutgers’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and connect the University’s past history, current programs and activities, and future plans. For more information vist


The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School professor, who died in July 2004. Catlin began his career as a staff planner for governmental agencies and community organizations in several cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. He also served as dean of the College of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University, dean of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield. He was inducted as an AICP Fellow in 2001. At the Bloustein School, he specialized in urban revitalization and the impact of race in public policy decision-making. For more information about the Catlin Memorial Lecture visit

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