For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Touro University California’s Public Health Program Hosts a Special Lecture on How Our Government Segregated America by Author Richard Rothstein

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Public Health Program will host a special lecture by Distinguished Fellow and Author of The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein, where he will discuss how racially explicit government policies helped create the patterns of segregation that persist to this day. The lecture is free and open to the public with prior registration. There is limited seating so please see below for advance registration details. 


  • Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and Haas Institute of UC Berkeley
  • TUC Public Health Program Representatives 

WHAT: Join us for a special lecture where Richard Rothstein will explode the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences or the actions of institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Instead, he will showcase the forgotten history of how racially explicit federal, state and local government policies created the patterns of segregation that persist to this day. A reception will follow immediately after the lecture. 


  • Interview and photos with expert in the history of segregation in America and author of The Color of Law
  • Stimulating lecture about how segregation still affects American communities today
  • Faculty, medical professional, and community member interaction 

WHERE: Touro University California, Lander Hall Auditorium B, 1557 Azuar Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592 

WHEN: Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., reception to follow 

REGISTRATION: The lecture presentation series is free and open to the public with prior registration. Limited seating! REGISTER HERE or visit

WHY: Scholars have long believed the racial segregation of America’s neighborhoods was due to private activity – the actions of banks, real estate agencies and individual prejudices. However, Richard Rothstein shows time and time again in his book The Color of Law that private activity could not have imposed the level of segregation that occurred without explicit government policies designed to ensure the separation of people of color from whites. 

Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and the Haas Institute, both at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a senior fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Rothstein has spent years documenting how the government not merely ignored discriminatory housing policies, but actively promoted them. The impact has been devastating to generations of people of color in the United States who were denied the right to live where they wanted and raise their children where they could be the most successful.

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