Overview

These interviews inaugurated an Oral Histories Project, undertaken in response to repeated queries for information about organizational history, theoretical development, jurisprudential lineage, and the like. This series of interviews captures some of our varying perspectives on the times that we have lived, struggled and survived together as activist academics and agents of social change in our respective institutions and communities. As these interviews illustrate, the LatCrit community has witnessed and enacted the diversification of the legal academy of the United States along multiple axes of identity. In the process, this scholarly community also has helped to diversify the scope and content of legal scholarship, legal education and legal consciousness beyond traditional confines.

Each of these interviews points to some of the many lessons we have learned, some of which have remained otherwise unwritten or unspoken. The scholars interviewed here thus help to illustrate the democratic knowledge-production experiment of the LatCrit community in action. The casual eloquence of the interviewees underscores the theoretical points that LatCrit scholars have collectively and individually prioritized during the past dozen years or so. The multi-vocal format of this Oral Histories Project, we hope and intend, will reflect, and give expression to the principled openness that characterizes the LatCrit project in democratic knowledge-production. For more information, please contact the project coordinator.