[Live Podcast] Talks with Authors: A Dubious Expediency

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET

A Dubious Expediency: How Race Preferences Damage Higher Education is a collection of eight essays written by experts in the field examining and analyzing the impact of racial diversity preferences and identity politics in American colleges and universities. The book’s title comes from a 1976 California Supreme Court opinion in Bakke v. UC Regents authored by Justice Stanley Mosk, who wrote:

“To uphold the [argument for race-preferential admissions] would call for the sacrifice of principle for the sake of dubious expediency and would represent a retreat in the struggle to assure that each man and woman shall be judged on the basis of individual merit alone, a struggle which has only lately achieved success in removing legal barriers to racial equality.”

In the book, the authors take up the question of race-based preferences in higher education, arguing that mounting empirical evidence shows race-based solutions cause long term harm both to intended beneficiaries and to society as a whole.

Join Professor Gail Heriot and Professor Mamion Schwarzschild, co-editors of A Dubious Expediency, to discuss.

Gail Heriot

Professor of Law

University of San Diego School of Law


Maimon Schwarzschild

Professor of Law

University of San Diego School of Law


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