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September 22, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Race and education: Henry Louis Gates to headline UPS conference

Henry Louis Gates. Courtesy: University of Puget Sound

Henry Louis Gates. Courtesy University of Puget Sound

Among many hot-button issues in higher education, few reach the stratospheric temperatures of affirmative action, though one of the country’s most celebrated educators comfortably counts himself a beneficiary of quota politics.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Harvard history professor, author and, most recently, television producer  will speak about his own journey from curious 9-year-old to public intellectual at the Race and Pedagogy Conference held Sept. 25-27 at the University of Puget Sound. Gates joins a high-profile lineup that includes political activist Angela Davis and environmentalist Winona LaDuke.

United under the theme, “What Now is the Work of Education and Justice?” the conference aims to engage educators  from kindergarten through college  around this question.

Race, however, is rarely an easy topic to tackle.


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