Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Affirmative Action for the Rich? Legacy Preferences in College Admissions

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
You are invited to a Century Foundation Luncheon Forum:

What: "Affirmative Action for the Rich? Legacy Preferences in College Admissions"

When: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
12:00 pm - 2:00pm

Where: The National Press Club
529 Fourteenth Street, NW at F
Washington D.C.

Who: John Brittain, Professor, University of the District of Columbia Law School and former Chief Counsel, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.
Chad Coffman, President, Winnemac Consulting.
Michael Dannenberg, Senior Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
Steve Shadowen, Partner, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin.
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service, The George Washington University.
Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation (moderator).

RSVP: events@tcf.org

A great deal of attention has been paid to racial affirmative action programs in higher education. The merits and legality of such programs have been debated in academic circles, political campaigns, media commentary and the Supreme Court. However, relatively little public or legal scrutiny has been devoted to college admissions preferences for the children of alumni. How widespread are legacy preferences? Do they help colleges fundraise, as institutions of higher education claim? Do they hurt or help students of color? Are legacy preferences legally and politically vulnerable? Education policy experts from the academic, legal, civil rights, government and media arenas will discuss these and other questions raised in a forthcoming book from The Century Foundation, Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions, edited by Century Foundation senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg. Copies of the book will be available.

SOURCE The Century Foundation


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