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Jan. 26, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Press/Event Contact: Robert D. Meckel, UT Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847

Diversity Symposium Marks 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Jan. 29-30

AUSTIN, Texas — William Powers, Jr., Dean of The University of Texas School of Law, and UT Law professor Gerald Torres will participate in a symposium on Jan. 29-30 that will explore ways that universities can better prepare students for life in a diverse society. The idea of the symposium, “Educating for a Diverse America: A Summit and Symposium,” was suggested by third-year law student A. Richard Garcia.

The symposium will be held at UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and is one of several events on the campus commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. “I proposed the event to bring together a cross-section of national leaders for an innovative dialogue on how universities can help our society capitalize on the backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of all people,” Garcia said.

On Thursday, Jan. 29, Powers will moderate a panel on Professional School Recruitment from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Torres will also participate in this panel discussion. Also on Thursday at 9 a.m., L. Douglas Wilder, former governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address. Wilder, the nation’s first African American governor since Reconstruction, will join delegations from seven universities, as well as key leaders from the private sector, the military and government.

The symposium begins with opening remarks by Faulkner at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, and concludes with Martinez Tucker as the closing speaker from 11:30-noon on Friday, Jan. 30. For more information visit the Web site, Educating for a Diverse America: A Summit and Symposium.

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