WHAT: The University of Rochester continues its efforts to create a diverse, inclusive environment by hosting the fifth annual diversity conference, Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress. The keynote address will be given by Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University. Following the address, 18 workshops will focus on three tracks: race in our community, power and empowerment, and redefining diversity.
DATE, TIME, PLACE: All events will take place Friday, March 28. The keynote address begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus. Workshops run from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Schlegel Hall. At 3:30 p.m., participants will gather in Munnerlyn Auditorium in Goergen Hall for a poster session and closing reception.
ABOUT LEE BOLLINGER: Bollinger is a prominent advocate of affirmative action who played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. A leading First Amendment scholar, Bollinger is widely published on freedom of speech and the press and currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School. This past fall he taught a course, A Free Press for a Global Society, focused on issues he addresses in his most recent work, Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century.
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About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.