Spring lecture series focuses on diversity and inclusion

March 4, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University spring lecture series, organized by the College of Liberal Arts, will focus on diversity and inclusion.

"This series will feature a number of exceptional scholars who will share their expertise and research about topics related to diversity and inclusion, such as policy, public opinion, affirmative action, higher education and health disparities," said Irwin Weiser, Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "Diversity and inclusion matter to people in any field, career or area of study, so the chance to hear from so many leaders is a great opportunity for our campus."

The CLA Research on Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series, which begins Wednesday (March 9), is free and open to the public. "Fractured Rainbow: Race and Public Opinion in the Early 21st Century" will be presented by Michael Dawson, John D. Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science, from the University of Chicago, at 4 p.m. at the Purdue Memorial Union Anniversary Drawing Room. 

The other talks are:

* March 21, 4 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 218 A and B. Rodney Hero, professor of political science at University of California at Berkeley, will present "Black-Latino Political Relations in U.S. National Institutions: The Importance of Scope and Policy."

* April 14, 4 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 218 A and B. Cedric Herring, professor of sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will present "From Affirmative Action to the Business Case for Diversity: Toward a Critical Perspective."

* April 25, 4 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 314. Philip Bowman, director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

* May 4, 4 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 202. Paula McClain, professor of political science, public policy and African American Studies at Duke University.

Individual speaker information and title talks will be updated at www.cla.purdue.edu/diversity_and_inclusion/

This series is supported by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, and is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Diversity Resource Office, Global Policy Research Institute, College of Agriculture, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences, Krannert School of Management, College of Pharmacy, College of Science, College of Technology, College of Veterinary Medicine, the Graduate School and Purdue Libraries. 

Writer:  Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Sources:   Irwin Weiser, 765-494-3661, iweiser@purdue.edu  

                   Venetria K. Patton, professor and director of the African American Studies and Research Center, 765-494-2151, vpatton@purdue.edu