March 5, 2004

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Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853; Suzanne Knorr, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-4734 or toll free (877) 404-5823.

KU Brown v. BOE conference filling rapidly; new one-day registration offered

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas organizers for the March 14 through 17 conference observing the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka landmark case report that two free programs have filled and a special one-day rate is available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Registrations have filled for Harvard University Professor Lani Guinier's speech Monday night, March 15, and for nationally syndicated columnist and author Julianne Malveaux's speech on Tuesday night, March 16. Both events are free and offered in the Kansas Union.

"We have a waiting list for the Monday and Tuesday night events," said Suzanne Knorr, KU Continuing Education program manager for the conference. KU Continuing Education staff will simulcast Guinier's presentation to the Big 12 Room in the union. "Those on the waiting list will be offered free tickets to view the presentation there on a large projection screen. We hope to be able to offer the same for Julianne Malveaux's presentation."

On Friday, fewer than 200 registration tickets remained for the 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, opening event with the Rust College A Capella Choir of Holly Springs, Miss., and Tony Brown of PBS. The Sunday program is free, but registration tickets are required.

A special one-day registration rate of $50 is available to accommodate people who may want to take a day off their jobs to attend a day of the conference, Knorr said. Other special rates are offered for students and for teachers.

Registrations have come in from California, Illinois, Maryland, New York and North Carolina in addition to those from several Kansas communities and the greater Kansas City area.

The conference is the final event in a series of public programs nationwide featured by the Brown v. Board of Education 50th anniversary commission. The KU programs feature not only nationally recognized leaders in civil rights, education, law and journalism but also relatives of the original plaintiffs.

"Many of our speakers have been in the national news lately in discussing the 50th anniversary," said Deborah Dandridge, a member of the national anniversary commission as well as a KU archivist and chair for the KU conference.

Those speakers recently in the news include former Kansan Walter Broadnax, president of Clark Atlanta College, who will speak at 2:40 p.m. March 15 on "Education, Diversity and Affirmative Action"; Karen Bates, National Public Radio correspondent, who will speak at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday on "Race and Today's Media"; Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, who will speak at 10:30 a.m. March 17 on "Race, Education and Public Policy"; and Ted Shaw, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who will speak at 9 a.m. March 17 on "Brown v. Board Origins and Legacies."

Other speakers include John Jackson, national director of education for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Linda Cabral, of the National Education Association; and Norma Cantu, professor of education and law at the University of Texas in Austin and former U.S. assistant secretary of education for civil rights.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.kuce.org/programs/bbec/ or call (785) 864-5823 or toll free (877) 404-5823.

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