In Conversation with Katherine Franke

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Katherine Franke, a NUSL alumna and Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, participated in NUSL’s Faculty Book Forum Series. She discussed her recently published book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition, with Professor Margaret Burnham.

The book explores the case for reparations, focusing on the emancipation of enslaved black people in the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Davis Bend, Mississippi, Jefferson Davis’s former plantation. In her book, Professor Franke argues that “Black lives will continue to be treated as though they do not matter until we take meaningful steps to repair the intergenerational wreckage that slavery inflicted on Black people.”

Katherine Franke and Margaret Burnham discussing
Franke’s book on reparations titled Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition.