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National scholars to discuss gender, race and education at UI Oct. 3-4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some of the nation's leading scholars on diversity will discuss the legal and social issues surrounding education and race, gender, and sexual orientation during an annual symposium at the University of Iowa College of Law Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4.

"From Class to Community: Reading Our Rights, Writing the Wrongs" is the theme for the second annual symposium of the law school publication, the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice.

More than a dozen scholars, academics and practitioners will present their work and discuss how race, gender and sexual orientation affect desegregation, academic freedom, admissions policies, bilingual education, funding for public education and other issues.

The symposium, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3 with registration. Sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 3 with a welcome by W.H. "Joe" Knight, professor of law and vice provost for the UI, and continue throughout the day.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, registration begins at 9 a.m. with sessions at 10 a.m. All sessions of the two-day symposium will be at the Boyd Law Building.

This year's speakers and topics include:

-- Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Professor of Law and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center, on "Common Law and the Social Science of Admissions."

-- Martha S. West, professor of law at the University of California at Davis School of Law, on "Educational Equality in Public Schools Under State Constitutional Law."

-- William Buss, O.K. Patton Professor of Law at the UI College of Law, on "Academic Freedom and the First Amendment."

The featured banquet speaker is Jonathan C. Wilson, a partner at the Des Moines law firm of Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors and Roberts. Wilson, a former member of the Des Moines Community School Board, was the focus of a national controversy when he announced that he is gay.

Other UI law faculty participating include Peter Blanck, Marcella David, and Adrien K. Wing.

The papers presented at the symposium will form the basis for the spring issue of the journal. The journal will also include articles by UI law faculty, and leading scholars across the country and Iowa law students.

The Journal of Gender, Race and Justice is one of four student-run publications at the UI College of Law and one of the few journals in the United States devoted to a range of personal identity and legal issues. Students receive academic credit for writing and editing the journals.

Registration for the symposium is $40. Reduced registration is available to non-UI students. Free registration is available to UI students and staff.

There is an additional charge for meals during the symposium.

For more information, or to arrange special accommodations, contact the office of the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, at (319) 335-9093.


EDITORS NOTE: Reporters and photographers planning to attend the symposium of the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice on Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4 are asked to register with the office of the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, at (319) 335-9093 in advance.

Media representatives are also reminded that guidelines for the symposium require reporters and photographers to receive permission from conference participants before recording, photographing or videotaping keynote addresses, panel discussions or plenary sessions.