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University of Iowa News Release

March 4, 2003

Law Students Plan Affirmative Action Debate

The UI College of Law will examine racism in America and affirmative action with a film and panel discussion on March 6 and March 7. Both events are free and open to the public.

The film "Skin Deep" will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in room 285 of the Boyd Law Building. "Skin Deep" is a 50-minute documentary in which 23 students from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Texas A&M and the University of California-Berkeley discuss racism. The students come from vastly different racial, religious and economic backgrounds, from small rural towns and huge cities across the country, from liberal, conservative, wealthy, middle class and poor families.

The following day, Friday, March 7, a debate on affirmative action will be held in room 225 of the Boyd Law Building. Among those participating will be Paul Igasaki, former vice-chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, James Lindgren, director of Northwestern University's Demography of Diversity Project, and Charlotte Westerhaus, director of the University of Iowa's Office of Affirmative Action.

The panel will look at affirmative action particularly in light of the U.S. Supreme Court case to be heard April 1 that tests the constitutionality of the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies.

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