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01/24/94

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Symposium to address causes of 1992 Los Angeles unrest

STANFORD -- Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Hernandez, East Palo Alto Mayor Sharifa Wilson and San Francisco School Superintendent Waldemar Rojas will be among the speakers Jan. 28- 29 at a free public Stanford University symposium, "Beyond Los Angeles: Urban America at Crossroads," in CERAS room 112. Co-sponsored by Stanford's Center for Chicano Research, School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost, the symposium will bring together scholars, public officials and community leaders who will discuss the factors that triggered civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992, as well as multiracial conflict and cooperation in American cites in general. Among the questions to be addressed: How is the changing demography and economic opportunity of residents in South Central Los Angeles linked to tensions among the diverse populations in the area? To what extent were the disorders a symptom of powerlessness among a sector of the population without effective political representation? How much was the public unrest the result of frustrations with societal institutions? Stanford Provost Condoleezza Rice will offer opening remarks for the symposium. Other Stanford participants will include Hoover Institution Fellow Joseph McNamara, political science Professor Lucius Barker, and education Professor Guadalupe Valdes. For more information contact Gilbert Ramirez, symposium coordinator, at (415) 723-8624. -tmj-

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