Fabrice Olivet is the executive director of Autosupport des Usagers de Drogues (ASUD), the leading organization in France promoting harm reduction and alternatives to the war on drugs. He is also a historian and has published multiple books on the influence of race in France. His most recent book,“Au risque de la race,” has received critical acclaim for its unflinching examination of how racism continues to plague French society.
This event is in collaboration with the Psychology Department, the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department and the Executive Vice President and Dean of Arts and Sciences. Established in 2017, this annual award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of a senior scholar in the area of race and justice. This Distinguished Lecture Award is in honor of psychologists and Columbia graduates Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth B. Clark. Findings from their pioneering experiments were instrumental in the Supreme Court case (Brown vs Board of Education) that determined de jure racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional.