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2/2/96

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COMMENT: Ellen Woods, Assistant Dean of Humanities and Sciences (415) 723-9378;
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Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Lani Guinier to speak at Stanford conference

STANFORD -- Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Lani Guinier will be the keynote speakers at a conference on multicultural education at Stanford that begins on Thursday, Feb. 8, and concludes Saturday, Feb. 10.

Schlesinger will give the opening address of the "E Pluribus Unum?" conference at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Kresge Auditorium. The title of his talk is "The Multicultural Debate: Where Are We Now?"

Guinier will present a second keynote address at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Kresge Auditorium. Her talk is titled "Why We Need a National Conversation on Race."

Schlesinger, professor emeritus of history at City University of New York, won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1946 for his book The Age of Jackson. He received both the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Award in 1966 for A Thousand Days, a chronicle of the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Guinier, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Tyranny of Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy, is a former civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice. She attracted national attention in 1993 when President Clinton nominated her as assistant attorney general for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Justice, and then withdrew the nomination as a result of political pressures.

The conference features five panels of Stanford professors and researchers, and experts from other research universities, who will draw on their experience in developing curricula and new courses for today's multicultural campuses.

All sessions of the conference, including a screening of the movie Menace II Society, are free and open to the public. Following is a schedule of events, including dates and times. All sessions and the film screening will be held in Tresidder Union, Oak Room West.

  • Cultural Diversity in Writing and Teaching American History. 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
  • Religious Traditions Beyond the American "Center." 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
  • Film screening: Menace II Society. 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
  • The Body of American National Identity. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
  • Mechanisms of Ethnic/Racial Conflict Resolution. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
  • Reshaping Medical Education for a Multicultural Society. 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

The conference is sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

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