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Race in admission, adoption among topics of American and World Cultures spring lectures

The Center for American and World Cultures announces its speaker series for spring 2001. Speakers include the following:

• Angela Oh, trial lawyer and lecturer, will present "The Future of Race Relations in America" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Hall Auditorium.

A leading member of the legal profession, Oh represented the Korean-American community during the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest. In 1997 she was named to President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. She has held visiting scholar positions and has traveled the country listening to American’s ideas about race.

• William Bowen, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will speak on "The Shape of the River: Long-term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Hall Auditorium.

The speech is based on the award-winning book he co-authored, The Shape of the River, a comprehensive analysis of how race-sensitive admissions policies work and the effects they have had on thousands of students of different races. Bowen, an economist, served as president of Princeton University from 1972-1988.

• Neil Foley, associate professor of history and American studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will present "Beyond Black and White" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Hall Auditorium.

He is the author of the multiple-award-winning book The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture, which bridges African-American and Southern history with Chicano and Southwestern history to broaden discussions of American race relations.

• Ruth McRoy, director of the Center for Social Work Research and Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families at the University of Texas at Austin, will present "Racial Identity Issues in Transracial Adoptive Families" Thursday, April 19, at Presser Hall (time to be announced).

She has co-authored five books on adoption topics including transracial, special needs and open adoptions, family preservation, adoption policy implications and racial identity issues. She currently is a member of the advisory committee of the National Center on African American Adoptions.

Date Published: 01/11/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 20

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