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January 18, 2006

Cornel West to discuss access and equity in education

Princeton scholar Cornel West, who has written about race, politics, equity and social justice in books including Race Matters (1993) and Democracy Matters (2004), will be featured in a public forum and discussion, "Equity Matters: Creating Educational Opportunities for All Students," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

The discussion, presented by Stanford University School of Education and the Foundation for a College Education (FCE) in East Palo Alto, will by moderated by Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor in the School of Education. The forum will examine issues of educational equity and access, why some students succeed and others don't, and whether we as a nation have succeeded in ensuring the right of education for all children, organizers said.

West received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his graduate degrees from Princeton, where he is currently the Class of 1943 Professor of Religion. He also has held positions at Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, Harvard and the University of Paris.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and are available from the Stanford Ticket Office at Tresidder Union, 725-2787. More information also is available by calling the FCE at 322-5048 or by visiting

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