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Jan. 30, 2004

Visiting Lecturer To Speak On Segregation Since Brown Feb. 6 At UI

An expert on race in American society will visit the University of Iowa to speak on segregation in America on Friday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in room 101 Becker Communication Studies Building.

George Lipsitz, professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz will speak on, "Getting Around Brown: Fifty Years of Bad Faith," as part of part of a year-long lecture series "Cultural Frameworks for Civil Liberties," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.

Famous for his many books on the contemporary racialization of American society, Lipsitz critiques the notion that the Brown decision expanded democracy. He argues that, despite the Supreme Court's public credit for ending de jure segregation in Brown, segregation remains the predominant pattern in the nation's schools and neighborhoods. He will discuss how massive resistance by whites in both the North and South over the past five decades has betrayed the promise of Brown and left race as the single most important variable determining opportunities and life chances in U.S. society.

Lipsitz is the author of seven books, including: American Studies in a Moment of Danger (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics (Temple University Press, 1998) and Dangerous Crossroads: Postmodernism, Politics, and the Poetics of Place (Verso, 1994). He is a widely regarded expert on the racialization of space, urban culture, collective memory and movements for social change in contemporary American society. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin.

The "Cultural Frameworks" series is co-sponsored by the department of American studies, department of history, African American world Studies program, American Indian and native Studies program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, and the Office of the Provost Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact American studies department in advance at 319-335-0320.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: American studies, 319-335-0320