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Meeting focuses on cultural conflict, Oct. 11-12

The University's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies is holding a meeting Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, to explore the past and present of cultural conflict in the United States.

The event is intended to highlight a three-year project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. It opens with a public forum at 4 p.m. Friday titled "Culture, Contention and Conflict: A Historical Perspective" in 016 Robertson. The events on Saturday are reserved for invited participants only.

The public forum is a panel discussion meant to provide an historical context to contemporary battles over artistic expression and cultural and moral values. The panelists include: Stanley Katz, director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies; Gerald Graff, professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago and author of "Beyond the Culture War: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education"; Michael Kammen, professor of history at Cornell University and author of "Contested Values: Democracy and Diversity in American Culture"; and Nell Painter, professor of history at Princeton and author of "Southern History Across the Color Line" and the forthcoming "Creating Black Americans."

The Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies is affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and was created to improve the clarity, accuracy and sophistication of discourse about the nation's artistic and cultural life.

The full news release of the event is available online.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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