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#016-- September 23, 1998; For immediate release
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
Phone: 415/338-1665

San Francisco State University to host Dialogue on Race featuring Bay Area experts on race relations on October 6

African American scholar Manning Marable to deliver talk as part of events

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- September 23, 1998 -- In a continuation of the nation's dialogue on race, San Francisco State University will host a day of panel and community discussions on Oct. 6 featuring notable Bay Area experts exploring the legacies of racism in the United States and opportunities for reconciliation.

A highlight of the day will be a noon talk by Manning Marable, noted African American scholar from Columbia University. Marable is the founding director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia. The author of 12 books, Marable is one of the most widely read African American intellectuals in the country. For more than 20 years, he has written "Along the Color Line," a syndicated column on African American politics and public affairs.

All the sessions are free and open to the public. The activities will take place in the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the S.F. State campus, 1600 Holloway Ave.

Similar to discussions sponsored by President Clinton's Initiative on Race, the panels will provide an opportunity for discussion of the roles of higher education, the media and local communities in learning from the legacies of racism and preparing for a multicultural America, said Ken Monteiro, S.F. State's dean of human relations. "We hope to foster learning and dialogue between the campus and the Bay Area community on issues of racial legacies and opportunities. The discussion of race must continue for all of us to keep learning from each other," he said.

The first panel, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will look at how higher education and local communities can help students learn about the legacies of race relations in America and prepare for opportunities for reconciliation. Panelists will include Patrisia Gonzales, syndicated columnist; Steve Philips of the San Francisco Board of Education;

Ruth Love, professor of Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies and Black Studies at SFSU and former school superintendent in Oakland and Chicago; Lorraine Dong, professor of Asian American Studies at SFSU; and Ricardo Montenegro, president of Associated Students, Inc. at SFSU. Carlos Cordova, acting chair of La Raza Studies at SFSU, will serve as moderator for the session.

The second panel, which follows Marable's noon talk, begins at 1:15 p.m. and will examine the role of the media in shaping a multicultural America. Panelists will include Sharon Rosenhause, managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner; Bill Wong, Bay Area print journalist; Roberto Rodriguez, syndicated columnist; and Erna Smith, chair of SFSU's Journalism Department. Felix Guiterrez of the Freedom Forum will serve as moderator for the second panel.

The day's activities are part of the "Racial Legacies and Learning: An American Dialogue" project of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and supported by the Ford Foundation. SFSU's Office of Human Relations in conjunction with the Department of Journalism is coordinating campus activities. Other campus sponsors include the Associated Students, Inc. and the Cesar Chavez Student Center Governing Board.

For more information about the events on Oct. 6 at SFSU, call Joe Torres, director of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity programs at SFSU, at (415) 338-7170.


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