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Faculty will speak at public forum on affirmative action

A public forum titled "Affirmative Action, the University and Beyond," will be held at Annenberg Auditorium in the Cummings Art Building of Stanford University on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

The faculty-sponsored event -- organized in response to a call issued by students at the University of California for a national "day of discussion" on affirmative action -- features three professors who will draw upon their research and their experiences at Stanford to address the impact of such policies on women, African Americans, Chicanos and white men.

The speakers include history Professors Albert Camarillo and Estelle Freedman, and law Professor Robert Weisberg, who also serves as vice provost for faculty recruitment and development.

"This is a great opportunity for staff, faculty and students to learn about the research that our faculty is engaged in around the issue of affirmative action," said Sally Dickson, director of the Office of Multicultural Development, who will moderate the discussion.

Most public debates "don't really do justice to the complex issue that comes under the rubric of affirmative action," she said. The faculty forum "will offer us a chance to think more deeply about the issue."

Following the discussion, Renato Rosaldo, professor of anthropology and past director of the Center for Chicano Research, will respond to questions from the press.

The event is being sponsored by the programs in modern thought and literature, feminist studies, Jewish studies and African studies. Co-sponsors include the Committee on Culture and Cultures, the Office of Multicultural Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Multicultural Development.

At 4:15 p.m., Stanford University President Gerhard Casper will address the Faculty Senate on the issue of affirmative action as it pertains to Stanford's admissions policy.



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