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Society for Conservative Thought: Diversity and the Liberal Arts

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm

Lawrence Purdy and William B. Allen will participate in a joint event titled “Diversity and the Liberal Arts”. Drawing upon their wide-ranging professional experiences, their discussion will be shaped by the following questions: What does “diversity” really mean? How can diversity most effectively contribute to liberal arts education? To the extent that a college is lacking ‘diversity’ (be it demographic, intellectual, ideological, or another form), how should it should go about addressing it? What are the legal ramifications of these approaches? Mr. Purdy has represented parties in high-profile U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the use of race in university admissions, and has previously spoken at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and other colleges across the country. Professor Allen is Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at CU-Boulder, previously served as the chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and is considered an authority on liberal arts education.

This event is organized by the Society for Conservative Thought and is part of the yearlong series on “Race and Democracy” sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies. It is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Department of Political Science, and the Williams Forum.

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