• Oct 24, 2013

According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family

  • 12:00 PM
  • Lewis Hall 214A, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA


onwuachi-willig2Please join us for a lunchtime talk by author Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

This landmark book looks at what it means to be a multiracial couple in the United States today.According to Our Hearts begins with a look back at a 1925 case in which a two-month marriage ends with a man suing his wife for misrepresentation of her race, and shows how our society has yet to come to terms with interracial marriage. Angela Onwuachi-Willig examines the issue by drawing from a variety of sources, including her own experiences. She argues that housing law,family law, and employment law fail, in important ways, to protect multiracial couples. In a society in which marriage is used to give, withhold, and take away status–in the workplace and elsewhere–she says interracial couples are at a disadvantage, which is only exacerbated by current law.

With Harvard Law School Professor Michael Stein

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