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Richard Cohen

How does society combat the apparent rise of incidents of bigotry, hate crimes and racial supremacist groups? Should democratic governments, which by their very nature, serve the majority, protect minority groups and non citizens? Has the United States learned anything from the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights? Join Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, for lunch to discuss these topics and more.

Richard Cohen came to the SPLC in 1986 as its legal director after practicing law in Washington, D.C., for seven years. Under Cohen’s guidance, the SPLC won a series of landmark lawsuits against some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist organizations. He also successfully litigated a wide variety of important civil rights actions – defending the rights of prisoners to be treated humanely, working for equal educational opportunities for all children, and bringing down the Confederate battle flag from the Alabama State Capitol. Prior to becoming SPLC president in 2003, Cohen served as its vice president for programs, which include the Intelligence Project and Teaching Tolerance.

Do Lunch is a series of informal lunch discussions featuring ethical leaders outside of Duke and their decision-making processes.

Catered lunch available to students who RSVP; space is limited. Sign-up here.

WHAT: Do Lunch with Richard Cohen
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, from 12pm to 1pm
WHERE: Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, East Campus
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.