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Debating diversity on Oct. 20

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 15, 2004) -- Ohio University will be the site of an intellectual debate about diversity issues in higher education at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Renowned professors Ronald Takaki and Nathan Glazer will debate the important issues regarding diversity in higher education. The free event will be followed by a reception.

“With the changing demographics in our society, the need for increased diversity at Ohio University is a reality,” said interim Assistant to the President Christine Taylor. “The Takaki-Glazer debate will provide various perspectives on some of the challenges we must face as we prepare for an increased diverse population.”

Takaki, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of several books and articles, including his latest book “Hiroshima Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb,” published in 1995. As a Japanese-American growing up in Hawaii, he is widely regarded as an expert in race and culture in America.

“In California, the numbers do the telling,” Takaki said. “The 2000 Census has reported that whites have become a minority. What has happened in the Golden State will happen across the country in the 21st century. This expanding ethnic diversity offers Ohio University an opportunity to rethink the way it thinks about its students, faculty, scholarship and curriculum. What will the future hold for the academic mission of Ohio University? This is the question I will be addressing in my debate with Nathan Glazer.”

Glazer, professor emeritus at Harvard University, is a leading expert in domestic policy and serves as the editor of Public Interest magazine and as a regular contributor to The New Republic. He is described as a leading authority on race, immigration, urban development and social policy in the United States. He has published several books, including “Beyond the Melting Pot,” and “We are all Multiculturalists Now.” He is well known as a longtime critic of social programs such as welfare and affirmative action.

Ohio University Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History Kevin Mattson will serve as the moderator. The debate is a presentation of the President’s Office for University Diversity.

For more information, contact the President’s Office for University Diversity at (740) 593-2329.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

 
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