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Bollinger to deliver keynote at 5th annual diversity conference

March 26, 2014

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Members of the media should check in with Melissa Greco Lopes by calling 585.260.6666585.260.6666 or e-mailing

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