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Ackerman Lecture Set for Nov. 9, 2006

Discriminatory housing patterns and segregated schools have proved among the most intractable obstacles to attaining full racial equality in the U.S. On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:00 pm, the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs will host a panel discussion devoted to these two interdependent issues.

Three panelists will explore recent progress made in redressing discrimination in housing and urban planning:

Alexander Polikoff, Esq., Director of Chicago’s Public Housing Transformation Initiative
J. Phillip Thompson, PhD, Associate Prof. of Urban Politics at MIT
Anurima Bhargava, Esq., Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Sonia R. Jarvis
, JD, Ackerman Chair and Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, will serve as moderator.

The Supreme Court is deeply divided on the use of race in remedies for past discrimination. and several key cases involving Affirmative Action are expected to come before the court in its current term. The panelists will address questions of isolation and exclusion faced by minorities living in de facto ghettos. They will also consider the proposition that integration is no longer the yardstick by which progress in race relations is measured. Free and Open to the Public. COVERAGE INVITED.

The Ackerman Lecture takes place in Baruch College’s Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue @ 24th Street, 14th floor. The Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series on Equality and Justice in America is made possible through the generosity of the Engelman family.

Contact: Zane Berzins

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