From Roach Powder to Radical Humanism: Professor Derrick Bell's 'Critical' Constitutional Pedagogy

7 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2013 Last revised: 30 Aug 2013

Vinay Harpalani

Savannah Law School; Drake University Law School

Date Written: February 18, 2013

Abstract

This essay is a tribute to the late Professor Derrick Bell, who passed away on October 5, 2011. The author was the Derrick Bell Fellow at New York University School of Law in 2009-10 and assisted Professor Bell in teaching his constitutional law courses. The essay discusses Professor Bell's 'critical' constitutional and life pedagogy, by giving illustrations from Professor Bell's classes and anecdotes from several of his former students. It highlights not only Professor Bell's comprehensive approach to constitutional law, but also the "radical humanism" he brought to teaching and mentoring students.

Keywords: Derrick Bell, constitutional law, law pedagogy, radical humanism, education

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Harpalani, Vinay, From Roach Powder to Radical Humanism: Professor Derrick Bell's 'Critical' Constitutional Pedagogy (February 18, 2013). 36 Seattle University Law Review xxiii (2013); Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2220270

Vinay Harpalani (Contact Author)

Savannah Law School ( email )

United States
2158734476 (Phone)

Drake University Law School ( email )

2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

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