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Cornel West, Hortense Spillers, among others, to speak
"Race Matters in the University of the 21st Century," a two-day national conference on how issues of race affect the work of American colleges and universities, will take place at Dartmouth College, Oct. 4-5, 2002.
The conference, which will bring together students, professors, and administrators from around the United States, will consider case studies to examine how American colleges and universities support the work of minority scholars, include racial issues in the curriculum, and organize and evaluate African-American studies programs on their campuses.
The sessions will explore white identity, or whiteness, and how it affects scholarship and teaching even though these effects are rarely acknowledged or even recognized. The conference goal is to develop a set of national recommendations to guide institutional diversity plans, curriculum reform, and faculty hiring and tenure procedures.
Conference organizers have been working with minority studies programs, Equal Opportunity offices, and other related programs at New England colleges and universities to invite academic decision makers, junior and senior faculty members of color, graduate students of color, and others who can enrich the conference and debate from their own experiences.
The first day of the conference, held on Friday, Oct. 4, in Collis Center on the Dartmouth campus, will focus on three panels, each devoted to a different case study:
The conference will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a moderated Town Meeting, held from 9:00 am to noon, in Dartmouth's Hopkins Center. At the Town Meeting, conference panelists will discuss issues raised across the case studies and take questions from the audience.
The "Race Matters" conference is open to the public free of charge, although registration is required. Registration information and more information for the public is available at the Dartmouth College website, www.dartmouth.edu or through Sandra Gregg at Sandra.email@example.com.
The two-day conference is the inaugural event of the Dartmouth College Committee on Race in the Academy. The Committee, established in 2001 by Dartmouth's Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is charged "to develop activities that explore the effects of race and ethnicity, specifically whiteness, on privilege and status in the academy." The Committee hopes to stimulate national debate on these issues in American colleges and universities.
Programs organized by the Committee will include activities for Dartmouth students, faculty, and alumni/ae, community residents, and a national audience of all those concerned with the work of American colleges and universities. Besides conferences like "Race Matters," the Committee's events will include a range of activities from academic workshops to cultural events and public debates.
"Race Matters" is also the second conference in the permanent series of "Dartmouth Conferences," established in 2000 to address issues of broad academic, social, cultural, and topical relevance. The Dartmouth Conferences are supported by a gift from Fannie and Dr. Alan Leslie to "bring together at Dartmouth nationally and internationally recognized scholars, experts, authorities, and others to explore and discuss issues of vital interest". Dr. Alan C. Leslie is a 1930 graduate of the College. The First Dartmouth Conference, held in November 2000, focused on globalization and its effects on higher education.
NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS:
A feed carrying video for all the proceedings will be available for the Friday conference sessions. Television cameras will be permitted for the Saturday Town Meeting by prior arrangement. A press section will be reserved for print reporters and photographers on both days.
Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.