Rethinking Equality in the Global Society


The future of affirmative action, especially in the area of American higher education, has been called into question by the 1996 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Hopwood v. State of Texas, which has had the effect of requiring race-blind admission to state universities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi; and the passage of Proposition 209 California.

The seemingly endless American debate on this issue has almost entirely ignored the fact that other countries faced with comparable problems of remedying the effects of past discrimination have developed programs and acquired experience from which Americans, might learn. Further, the legal debate has not been adequately informed by the social science disciplines. This conference is intended to expand discussion at a critical moment by introducing these missing perspectives.

Session topics will include affirmative action policies and programs in India and South Africa; approaches to designing, implementing and measuring effects of affirmative action programs; and how affirmative action differs in contexts of higher education, employment, and governance.

Professors Clark D. Cunningham (Washington University), Marc S. Galanter (University of Wisconsin) and N.R. Madhava Menon (National Law School of India) are organizing the conference, which is based on a book proposal they have submitted to the Oxford University Press.

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