Media advisory: KU to host events commemorating Brown v. Board 60th anniversary

Mon, 01/27/2014

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Rebecca Smith
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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will host a series of events, Brown v. Board, Legacies Created, Questions Remain, in April, marking the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Scheduled events include:

April 11-12: The Legacies and Unfinished Business of BvB, 2.0

KU Libraries will host an exhibition opening and seminar considering the legacy of the case, as well as its future societal and legal implications. Scheduled to speak are Theodore M. Shaw, professor of professional practice at Columbia University School of Law, and David G. Hinojosa, civil rights leader and regional counsel with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Sponsors: KU Libraries, the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund, the KU Langston Hughes Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The full schedule and registration details will be available this spring through KU Libraries (lib.ku.edu/events).

April 17: Inequality in a Post-Civil Rights Era

A KU Symposium commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Sponsors: School of Law, Hall Center for the Humanities, Chancellor's Office, Office of the Provost, School of Education, Institute for Policy & Social Research.

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, will provide the keynote lecture. Panelists include Colin Gordon, University of Iowa, author of "Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality" (2013); and sociologist and lawyer Laura Beth Nielsen, director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University.

The full schedule and registration details will be available this spring through the Hall Center (hallcenter.ku.edu).



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