Penn Professor Dorothy E. Roberts, winner of the Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth B. Clark Distinguished Lecture Award

April 12, 2017

The psychology department in collaboration with the Executive Vice President and Dean of Arts and Sciences David Madigan established the Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth B. Clark Distinguished Lecture Award. The 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 using dolls to study children's attitudes about race were instrumental in the Supreme Court case (Brown vs Board of Education) that determined de jure racial segregation in public education was unconstitutional.

This year’s winner, Dorothy Roberts, is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her pioneering work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans.

Prof. Robert will deliver a public lecture in recognition of this honor on April 12th, at 4:10PM in Low Library.

Watch Prof. Robert’s TEDMED talk here.