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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 9, 2002

Controversial author, Harvard law professor
to visit The Citadel

          Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy is coming to The Citadel April 18 to discuss his bestselling book "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word."

          The book, published in January, was the focus of a recent episode of Fox's inner-city school drama "Boston Public." The show's characters debated whether white people could use the racial epithet, even if their intent is not meant to be demeaning.

          Kennedy, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, will speak from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Mark Clark Hall auditorium at The Citadel. The lecture is free and open to the public.

          Kennedy's visit is one of three stops at Charleston colleges. He also will visit the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The Citadel is the only site where he will sign copies of his book following his lecture.

          Sponsors of Kennedy's visit are The Citadel Multicultural Student Services, MUSC Offices of University Diversity and Center for Academic Excellence and the College of Charleston's Avery Institute, History, Political Science and English Departments and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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