Rick Banks

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Date & Time
November 8, 2011 -
4:15pm to 5:45pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa St
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Prof. Rick Banks' New Book - "Is Marriage for White People?"


Clayman Fellow Alumnus and the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford, Rick Banks, will give a talk on his new book, "Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone". Kirkus Reviews describes the book as "a scholarly account of African-Americans’ encounters with the marriage gap." They go on to call the book "a triumphant work that demystifies the intersection between compatibility and color."Why are black women three times as likely as white women to remain unmarried?  In his new book, Professor Banks examines the marriage decline across lines of race, class, and gender, focusing particularly on the predicament of African-American women.  Interlacing personal interviews with sociological context, Banks seeks to answer the provocative question, "Is marriage for white people?"


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    • The Elli Reynolds Professor, School of Law
    • Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2008-2009
    Ralph Richard Banks is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor, by courtesy, at the School of Education. A graduate of Stanford University (AB/AM 1987) and Harvard Law School (JD 1994), Banks has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1998. Professor Banks teaches and writes about family law, employment discrimination law, and race and the law. He is the author of Is Marriage...