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03/13/95

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Open meeting scheduled on ethnic studies proposal

STANFORD -- A second meeting to discuss Stanford's proposed interdisciplinary program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Room 161-J of Building 160 (Political Science).

Interested members of the community are welcome at the meeting, which will be hosted by John Shoven, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Ramón Saldívar, associate dean for undergraduate studies.

Shoven proposed the new program, which would incorporate African and Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies and Chicano Studies majors, at the Faculty Senate meeting on Feb. 23. A first open meeting for students was held the following Monday.

The comparative studies proposal was based on the recommendations of two committees formed last year to explore whether Stanford could offer degrees in Asian American and Chicano studies, in addition to the existing African and Afro-American Studies program.

The proposed new program will be considered by the Faculty Senate's Committee on Undergraduate Studies, probably in the fall, and then will come before the full senate. Committees now are being formed to develop curricula for each track within the new program, as well as a core curriculum, Shoven said.

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