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May 15, 2003 Press Contact: William Harms
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“Roundtable on Affirmative Action” includes attorney for pending key case before U.S. Supreme Court

What:The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture will present a “Roundtable on Affirmative Action” to analyze affirmative action policies related to a pending University of Michigan case before the U.S. Supreme Court and to provide a discussion of initiatives that go beyond affirmative action. One of the speakers is Theodore Shaw, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He is an attorney on the Michigan case. The event is free and open to the public.
When:7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 22
Where:Assembly Hall, International House, 1414 E. 59th St., Chicago
Who:In addition to Shaw, other experts on the topic of affirmative action will join the panel:
  • Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director, National Asian Pacific Legal Consortium, which filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court in support of the University of Michigan.
  • Adolph Reed, Professor of Political Science, New School University and author of Stirring the Jug: Black Politics in the Post-Segregation Era. Reed challenges the premises underlying the argument that Affirmative Action requires making trade-offs between merit and preference.
  • Gerald Torres, Professor of Law, University of Texas and co-author with Lani Guinier of The MinerŐs Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy. Torres worked on several of the court briefs filed by the University of Michigan.
  • Barbara Ransby, Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will moderate the panel. She is author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision.
Media contact:William Harms at 773-702-8356.
Roundtable Discussion on Affirmative Action at the University of Chicago

The event is co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago.
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