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10/27/95

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Graduate students continue sessions on faculty values

STANFORD -- Claude Steele, the Stanford psychology professor whose studies of stereotype vulnerability have shown why some affirmative action programs succeed and some fail, and Martin Hellman, the electrical engineering professor whose expertise runs from cryptography to hybrid vehicles to the accidental risk of nuclear war, will be among the speakers as the "What Matters to Me and Why" forum continues its third year.

Organized and run by graduate students, the series of conversations about values features prominent faculty members in informal give-and- take sessions held in the side chapel of Memorial Church. The sessions are scheduled at the noon hour so they will be available to most members of the Stanford community.

Steele will speak on Nov. 8, Hellman on Nov. 22.

Other speakers so far in the 1995 series have been Jim Adams, professor of mechanical engineering, and Sara Little Turnbull, director of the Process of Change Laboratory in the Graduate School of Business.

The forum's organizing committee includes graduate students Nancy Tsai, Mark Thurber, Quintus Jett, Sara Dill and Trevor Clark, and Elizabeth Lasensky, a staff member in the department of molecular and cellular physiology. Christina Miller, acting associate dean of Memorial Church, works with the group.

Tsai said the committee welcomes new members. Contact her via e- mail at nancy@leland or by telephone at 497-7015.

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