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50 Years of Loving: Seeking Justice Through Love and Relationships

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Omaha, Nebraska - Creighton University in Partnership with Kutak Rock LLP

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Loving v. Virginia – Background


The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia ended legal prohibitions against interracial marriage in the U.S. By eliminating longstanding legal sanctions against “miscegenation,” Loving disrupted the pre-existing social system. The ruling rejected racial separation and hierarchy and endorsed relationships across previously uncrossable racial lines.

The effects of Loving marriages extend beyond those who are themselves married. Since Loving, the proportion of the U.S. population with multiple racial heritages has grown dramatically. Moreover, the children born as a result of Loving have disrupted the social construction of race itself, with more people self-identifying as of more than one race, biracial, multiracial, or mixed.

50 Years of Loving – Symposium Description


The symposium will begin with a feature presentation open to the public on Thursday, March 23, by Mat Johnson, author of the novel "Loving Day" (2015). Symposium participants will then explore the effects that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia has had on U.S. society – institutionally, demographically and relationally. Participants will also develop strategies for moving from thought to action by building relationships across difference.

Dinner on Thursday, March 23, as well as breakfast and lunch on Friday, March 24, 2017, are included with paid registration.

Note: Scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration. Please contact AmandaGuidero@creighton.edu by February 15, 2017, if you are interested in pursuing a scholarship opportunity.

Symposium Program


Thursday March 23

Creighton University, Harper Center (parking available at the Ahmanson Law Center).

Kick Off Event (5:30pm CST): Loving Day featuring Mat Johnson, M.F.A., Author of the critically acclaimed novel Loving Day and Professor of English at the University of Houston. This event is free and open to the public

Dinner and Discussion (6:30-8:30): Loving v. Virginia + 50 Years” led by Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, Professor and Director of the Werner Institute, and Palma Joy Strand, Professor of Law and Director of the 2040 Initiative at Creighton School of Law

Friday March 24

At Kutak Rock LLC in Omaha.

Morning Sessions:

8:00 - 8:45 CST: Check in and Guided Activity

8:45 - 9:00 CST: Opening Remarks - Paul McGreal, Dean, Creighton School of Law

9:00 - 10:15 CST Reflections on the Past: Where We Came From – Interactive Discussion with Panel and Participants

- Dr. G. Reginald Daniel, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, and founder of the Critical Mixed-Race Studies initiative

- Dr. Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., Werner Institute, Creighton School of Law, and author of The Dynamics of Conflict and Staying With Conflict

- Brenda Council, Creighton Law School alumna with an extensive record of public service in Omaha and Nebraska

- Dr. Kathy Gonzales, J.D., Ph.D., Professor at the Werner Institute, Creighton School of Law,

10:15 - 10:30 CST Break

10:30 - 12:00 CST Reflections on the Present: Crossing and Blurring Boundaries – Interactive Discussion on the Current State of Cross-Boundary Relationships

- Nick Mirkay, J.D., LL.M., Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Creighton School of Law

- Mary Lee Brock, M.Ed., Professor and Assistant Director, Werner Institute, Creighton School of Law

12:00 - 1:15 CST Break and Lunch – Comments by Danielle Conrad, Executive Director of ACLU of Nebraska

Throughout the Breaks and During Lunch, participants will have the opportunity to share their work in areas related to diversity and inclusion.

Afternoon Sessions:

1:15 - 2:30 CST Looking Ahead: Where Do We Go From Here? – Interactive Discussion with Panel and Participants

- Lauren Sudeall Lucas, JD, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Access to Justice, Georgia State University School of Law

- Dr. Kevin Escudero, Ph.D., Departments of American and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

- Emiliano Lerda, J.D., LL.M., Executive Director, Justice for Our Neighbors Nebraska

2:30 - 2:45 CST Break

2:45 - 4:00 CST What’s Your Story (of Difference)? Building a Better Future, Together – Interactive Skills Session

- Palma Joy Strand, J.D., LL.M., Professor of Law and Director of the 2040 Initiative, Creighton School of Law

-Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Werner Insitute, Creighton School of Law

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