Christiane Taubira, France’s minister of justice, will discuss her individual path, her political struggles, and how she sees the world through her political convictions during a public lecture at NYU on Friday, Jan. 29.
Christiane Taubira, France’s former minister of justice, will discuss her individual path, her political struggles, and how she sees the world through her political convictions during a public lecture at New York University on Friday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. (NYU’s School of Law, Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South [between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets]).
Born in Cayenne (French Guiana), Taubira was France’s Minister of Justice from 2012 to January of 2016. Previously, Taubira gave her name to a law, passed in 2001, recognizing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity. In her book "L'Esclavage raconté à ma fille" (“Slavery Explained to My Daughter”), Taubira discusses the history of French enslavement of Africans and their descendants and describes the moral, social, economic, and political effects of slavery that persist among the descendants of enslaved people. In 2013, she introduced the law that legalized same-sex marriage in France—a law allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
The lecture will be in French with simultaneous English translation. It is free and open to the public.
The event is co-sponsored by the following at NYU: the Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA), the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Diversity, the Institute of French Studies, the Center for French Civilization and Culture, and La Maison Française.
To RSVP (required) or for more information, please call 212.998.IAAA (4222). For updates and more information please visit the IAAA website: nyuiaaa.org. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (W. 4th St.); 1 (Christopher St.).