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UMDLaw Celebrates Diversity Week April 11-15

Monday, April 11

5:30 - 7 p.m. - Keynote Event
Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series, Part I:
"Desegregated Schools with Segregated Education: A Panel Discussion"
You are cordially invited by the Student Bar Association to the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture, which commemorates Justice Marshall's Life and Legacy. This year's lecture will discuss unequal access to educational opportunities, and the resulting racial achievement gap. Please join us for this exciting discussion. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the atrium.

Distinguished Panelists:
Dr. William "Sandy" Darity
Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Economics at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.

Dr. Leticia Smith-Evans
Assistant Counsel of the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Thiru Vignarajah
Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland and UMDLaw Adjunct Professor, Administrative Law, and Law and Education

Moderator:
Sherrilyn Ifill
UMDLaw Professor of Law

Tuesday, April 12

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Soul Food Cook-Off
Comcast Dining Area
Come support BLSA by purchasing a plate for lunch from a delicious variety of meals, side dishes and desserts, as BLSA members battle for the position of Top Soul Food Chef 2011!

Wednesday, April 13

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Top Chef Competition
Comcast Dining Area
Join LLSA for lunch as their members compete for the title of Top Chef!!

12 - 2 p.m. - "Confronting Islam Part II: Changes and Developments"
Room 107
A panel discussion sponsored by the Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, featuring Professor Peter Danchin, Sahar Aziz, Haris Tarin, and Professor Maxwell Chibundu.

5 p.m. - "Tara's Crossing," a play by Jeffery Solomon
MSTF Auditorium, 10 S. Pine Street
Cosponsored by APALSA, NLG, LGBT-LSA, LLSA, ILPA, USGA, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Physicians for Human Rights, International Social Work Organization, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Union.
Based on a true story, Tara’s Crossing is a play about a transgender woman who flees Guyana for asylum in the United States, only to be detained. This play raises awareness about the legal challenges faced by individuals who flee to the United States in response to the oppression they face in their home countries because of their sexual orientation.

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided. Admission is free of charge.

Thursday, April 14

12 p.m. - Panel Discussion: "Do Single Gender Classrooms Ensure Equal Protection?"
Ceremonial Court Room
A panel discussion cosponsored by the Maryland Education Law Project, NLG, WLSA, UMALL and LGBT-LSA, focused on issues such as the impact of United States v. Virginia on public educational institutions, and whether equal protection can ever ensure equal protection. A short reception will follow in the atrium.

5 p.m. - Keynote Event
Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series Part II:
Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Ceremonial Court Room
Russlynn H. Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, will kick-off a nationwide Civil Rights listening/learning tour with a discussion of Murray v. Pearson, the pivotal case that resulted in the integration of the University of Maryland School of Law. This event will concentrate on integration and affirmative action building on the steps that the Administration and Secretary have already taken to address equity, diversity and racial isolation in the context of the country’s education landscape. Reception to follow in the Atrium.


Gynene Sullivan

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