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Former Census Bureau chief to speak, April 16

Kenneth Prewitt, former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will present a lecture on "What I Learned About America from Census 2000" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Prewitt joined the Census Bureau in 1998 and focused his attention on the operations of Census 2000, described by some as the largest peacetime mobilization in history. He had overall responsibility for ensuring that 275 million U.S. residents were correctly counted, and he made serious efforts to increase the level of census participation over previous years. He also fought for the use of statistical sampling to correct historical undercounts. This placed him at odds with most Republicans, who opposed the use of sampling.

Prewitt recently became dean of the graduate faculty at the New School University in New York. From 1979 to 1985 and from 1995 to 1998, he was president of the Social Science Research Council. He also served for 10 years as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he directed the international Science-Based Development Program involving activities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

This lecture, rescheduled from March 5, is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Survey Research Center.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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