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Feb. 18, 2004

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Race relations experts explore desegregation in modern education

DATE: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004

EVENT: Gary Orfield, co-director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, and Spelman College President Beverly Tatum, author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race" discuss "School Desegregation in the 21st Century: Fulfilling the Promise of Brown."

Tatum's book tackles a theme frequently debated by students during U-M's semester-long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.

The landmark desegregation case is being celebrated throughout winter term through a series of events and a Brown theme semester. Tatum's book is being read and discussed by groups of readers throughout the region as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads.

Orfield, a professor of education and social policy and founding co-director of The Civil Rights Project at Harvard, has spent his career focused on school desegregation and the implementation of civil rights laws throughout his career. His most recent books include, "Racial Inequity in Special Education" and "Raising Standards? Raising Barriers? Inequity and High-Stakes Testing in Public Education."

PLACE: Rackham Auditorium , 915 East Washington St. Central campus map: http://www.umich.edu/news/ccamp.html

WEB LINKS: For more information on Brown-related events, visit: http://www.umich.edu/brown50

Contact: Joe Serwach
Phone: (734) 647-1844
E-mail: jserwach@umich.edu