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Race, Race Relations Recommendations Subject of National UF Law Conference

GAINESVILLE, Fla. * Select academicians and community activists from across the country will join with their peers from the University of Florida and the Levin College of Law to discuss perspectives and recommendations on race and race relations at a two-day conference here in March.

Keynote speaker during the March 21-22 event will be Randall Robinson, author of Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America ; The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks, and the just-released The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other. Robinson is founder and president of TransAfrica, a human rights activist group, and will speak on “Reparations: Issues and Solutions.”

The conference, to be held in the J. Wayne Reitz Student Union, is coordinated by the law school’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) * an interdisciplinary academic entity that explores issues of race and race relations, and promotes racial tolerance and understanding, interracial dispute resolution and racial equality.

Other featured participants include Jamaican Ambassador Dudley Thompson, diversity consultant and author Peggy Nagae, Vernellia Randall of the University of Dayton, David Brennan of Mercer University, Maggie Chon of Seattle University, Penelope Andrews of Queens College/ City University of New York and Hilary Beckles, pro-vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

Six faculty members of the UF law school and nine from other colleges and departments of the university are scheduled to participate as well.

More information and registration details are available by contacting Desta Meghoo-Peddie, acting CSRRR director at 352.392.5013, or eMail:

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Published: January 24th, 2002

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