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Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America

Apr 27, 2023, 2:30 pm3:30 pm

“David E. Bernstein’s excellent book—Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America—exposes the full extent of what we all should have known: When governments dispense benefits based on race and ethnicity, the conflict over which groups should receive those benefits and which individuals qualify as members of those groups will be never-ending.” – Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego, and Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

“Perhaps the most consequential American book of 2022.” – George F. Will

Join the Martin Center for a webinar with David E. Bernstein, professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School and executive director at the Liberty & Law Center! Professor Bernstein will discuss his latest book, Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in Americaon Thursday, April 27th, 2:30-3:30pm ET.



David E. Bernstein holds a University Professorship chair at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where he has been teaching since 1995. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, William & Mary, Brooklyn Law School, and the University of Turin.

Bernstein often challenges the conventional wisdom with prodigious research and sharp, original analysis. His book Rehabilitating Lochner was praised across the political spectrum as “intellectual history in its highest form,” a “fresh perspective and a cogent analysis,” “delightful and informative,” “sharp and iconoclastic,” “well-written and destined to be influential,” and “a terrific work of historical revisionism.”

Of his most recent work, Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America, columnist George F. Will said, “The nation urgently needs what David E. Bernstein here provides: a lucid explanation of the long and tangled intersection of racial classifications and the law. With the intellectual boldness and clarity that he brought to Rehabilitating Lochner, he points to a path from today’s tensions to a less angry, more sophisticated future.”

Professor Bernstein blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and at Instapundit.com. Professor Bernstein is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy.


Apr 27, 2023
2:30 pm–3:30 pm
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James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal