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WRITER: Julie Hall
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024

Release: Immediate

Christopher Edley Jr. analyzes affirmative action issues Feb. 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Harvard law professor and author Christopher Edley Jr. will discuss and examine important issues affecting affirmative action Monday, Feb. 10 at the University of Iowa.

Edley's talk, rescheduled from November, will be at 5 p.m. in Room W151 in Tippie Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building in recognition of the UI Office of Affirmative Action's 25th anniversary.

In his speech, Edley will talk about affirmative action and the cause of social justice in the U.S. As special counsel to President Clinton, Edley led the White House affirmative action review, which weighed legal and social evidence, public policy developments and private sector practices. The review resulted in the Clinton administration's stance of "mend it, don't end it."

Edley will sign copies of his book "Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race and American Values" afterwards.

Edley has also served several other national political appointments, including with the Carter administration, as senior economic policy advisor for the Clinton-Gore presidential transition, and as associate director for economics and government with the Office of Management and Budget from 1992-1994.

Edley is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School. He served on the editorial staff of the Washington Post and has been a member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1981.

Sponsors of Edley's lecture include the Office of Affirmative Action, the President's Office, the University Committee on Diversity, the Provost's Office, Opportunity at Iowa, the College of Law, and the African American Council.

Persons with disabilities who are in need of accommodations in order to attend this event should contact the Office of Affirmative Action in advance at (319) 335-0705 or (319) 335-0697 for text communication.