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Roundtable Discussion on Affirmative Action at the University of Chicago
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago will present a roundtable discussion on Affirmative Action on Thursday, May 22. The objective of the roundtable is to provide both informed analysis of Affirmative Action policies, particularly those related to the University of Michigan Affirmative Action cases, and a forum to discuss the feasibility of new policy initiatives “Beyond” Affirmative Action. The roundtable will take place in the Assembly Hall at International House, 1414 East 59th St, Chicago, IL, from 7pm Ð 9pm. The event is free and open to the public.
As the discussion around Affirmative Action grows more heated every day, we at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture believe that some informed deliberation about the policy, the Michigan case, percentage plans and the broader intersection of race and class is called for immediately. Thus we are sponsoring a roundtable discussion on Affirmative Action with a group of experts on the subject. We have chosen the roundtable format to allow participants to engage directly with the arguments and thoughts of other panelists, and with the audience.
Our panelists are:
Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director, National Asian Pacific Legal Consortium, which submitted an Amicus Brief for the University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases. Narasaki is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, serving as Chairperson of its Compliance/Enforcement Committee, as well as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Independent Sector.
Adolph Reed, Professor of Political Science, New School University. Reed is the author of Stirrings in the Jug: Black Politics in the Post-Segregation Era (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and The Jesse Jackson Phenomenon: The Crisis of Purpose in Afro-American Politics (Yale University Press, 1986). He is also a frequent contributor to The Nation, Village Voice and The Progressive. Reed challenges arguments against Affirmative Action policies that are premised on the notion that such policies require that trade-offs be made between merit and preference. He is also an advocate of publicly supported universal access to higher education.
Gerald Torres, Lawyer and Professor of Law at the University of Texas and co-author of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Lani Guinier. Torres worked on several of the court briefs for the Michigan cases. He is a leading figure in Critical Race Theory. He is also an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Department of Justice in Washington, ...
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