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Intelligence Squared debate: Affirmative action on campus does more harm than good

Intelligence Squared debate: Affirmative action on campus does more harm than good

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Intelligence Squared presented a very lively debate last night at Harvard Law School '€” '€œResolved: Affirmative Action On Campus Does More Harm Than Good.'€ Arguing for the motion were Gail Heriot, professor of law, University of San Diego School of Law and member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; and Richard Sander, professor of law, UCLA School of Law. Arguing against the motion were Randall Kennedy, professor of law, Harvard Law School; and Theodore Shaw, professor of law, Columbia Law School.

The debate largely focused on Rick Sander'€™s empirical work, which tends to show that affirmative action actually harms its intended beneficiaries. Regular readers will recall that Rick guest-blogged about this provocative work two years ago.

It was particularly striking to see this prominent debate on the Harvard Law School campus'€“since, ironically, it can often seem, on elite campuses, that the very topic of affirmative action on campus is taboo.