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Kenji Yoshino, Author of First-Year Book Selection, to Speak at Big Bridges on Sunday, August 30

Author Kenji Yoshino

As part of the first-year book experience, author Kenji Yoshino will be appearing on campus this Sunday evening. Yoshino, a law professor at New York University, wrote Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights, a book that is part memoir and part analysis, examining what Yoshino calls the drive to conform and “cover” our true selves regarding sexual orientation, political beliefs, religious beliefs, gender, race, and so on.

Yoshino will be speaking at Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way) on Sunday, August 30, at 6:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will precede the event at 5:30 in Bridges lobby, and informal discussions at the Sagehen Café will follow the presentation.

Each year, incoming freshman are invited to read one book over the summer, which will then be discussed when they arrive on campus. The book is chosen by the Orientation Committee, which solicits ideas from the campus community, seeking selections that are broadly accessible, explore compelling or relevant themes, and can generate multi-faceted debates.

Yoshino, a specialist in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature, has published work in both a wide variety of academic journals and popular venues like The New York Times, The Washington Post and He is the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at NYU Law School and was previously the inaugural Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and deputy dean at Yale Law School. He is currently at work on a book on Shakespeare and the law.

The Yoshino lecture is brought to you by the Dean of Students Office, Office of the President, Queer Resource Center, Student Affairs, Public Events Committee, Pomona Student Union and the Smith Campus Center.