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The Future of Affirmative Action
SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street, New York City
Co-Sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the SUNY Levin Institute
Thursday, December 12, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Please RSVP by December 10th by calling (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should race be used as a factor in college admissions? Should applicants’ socioeconomic background be considered instead? Are conventional measures of academic merit really the best way to judge the potential of applicants to selective colleges?
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the SUNY Levin Institute invite you to join us for a moderated conversation about the past, present, and future of affirmative action with three leading public intellectuals.
The discussion will feature:
- Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy, author of the newly released book For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law;
- Century Foundation Senior Fellow Richard Kahlenberg, whose books include The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action.
Debate over these questions has intensified in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which narrowly upheld the university’s affirmative action policies, but called into question whether those policies can survive future scrutiny. The topic is more timely than ever as the Court weighs yet another precedent-setting case — a challenge to Michigan’s 2006 voter referendum banning race-conscious admissions.