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Conference explores diversity, May 4

"Diversity in Black America: Immigration and Identity in Academia and Beyond" is the focus of a conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Scholars from Princeton and other institutions will deliver talks on issues related to black college students from international and multiracial backgrounds, among other topics. Presentations will include:

• "Who Are the Black Students of Immigrant Origins and Where Do They Come From?" by Douglas Massey, Princeton's Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs;

• "Reflections on Black Diversity" by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton's Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values;

• "The Historical Significance of Immigrant and Multiracial Black Students at Selective Colleges and Universities" by Kimberly Torres, a postdoctoral researcher in Princeton's Office of Population Research;

• "Say It Loud, I'm Black and Proud?: Mapping the Racial Identities of Native, Immigrant and Mixed-Race Black College Students" by Camille Charles, associate professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania; and

• "Diversity and Justice: African Americans, Immigrants 'of Color' and the Struggle for Institutional Access" by Philip Kasinitz, professor of sociology at Hunter College.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an associate professor of politics and core faculty member in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton, will moderate.

A luncheon will follow the conference, which is sponsored by the Policy Research Institute for the Region and the Center for African American Studies. To register, visit

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