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In the keynote address to a symposium audience hosted by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University California, Los Angeles, Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier challenges the conventional assumptions about merit and the meritocracy of higher education.

Referencing her forthcoming book, Meritocracy Inc.: How Wealth Became Merit, Class Became Race and Higher Education Became a Gift from the Poor to the Rich, Guinier offers a transformative way of thinking about merit, student performance and college selectivity.

The address was held at the Hammer Museum on May 16, 2008.

Click here to listen to an abridged version of her speech.

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