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Eric Holder to deliver 2021 Weil Lecture in partnership with UNC Center for Civil Rights

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (PRNewsFoto/Covington & Burling LLP)

The Institute for Arts and Humanities (IAH) announces that former Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver the 2021 Weil Lecture on American Citizenship on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Mr. Holder was the first African-American to hold the position of Attorney General of the United States, serving six years under the Obama administration. Today, Mr. Holder advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns at the law firm Covington & Burling, LLP. Mr. Holder, who was a partner at Covington from 2001 to 2009, rejoined the firm after serving as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States.

“Eric Holder has been at the forefront of improving democracy and representation in the US, both through civil rights law and as Attorney General, and more recently through his work on gerrymandering. He brings unique experience and insight to these and many other pressing issues facing American citizenship. I’m thrilled to be able to bring his voice to UNC as the 2021 Weil Lecturer in American Citizenship,” said IAH Director Andrew Perrin.

The Weil Lecture is hosted in partnership with the UNC Center for Civil Rights’ online symposium titled “Equal Protection’s Grand Promise and Betrayals: Reconstruction, Plessy to Bakke and Beyond: Is There a Way Forward?, on Friday, February 19.

The Weil Lecture is a biennial series sponsored by the Weil Family. Brothers Henry and Solomon Weil established the lecture in 1915 to widen the discussion of citizenship in the United States. The first lecture was by former President William H. Taft, and other notable lecturers include Eleanor Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Rev. William Barber II, Jon Huntsman, and William J. Fulbright. The IAH has hosted the lecture since 2000.