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Diversity in America

Linda Chavez comes to CMC as the first of four speakers to discuss the problems of preserving the variety of cultural and ethnic experience in America. The series is sponsored by the Gould Center in conjunction with its seminar on diversity led by Prof. Robert Faggen.

Chavez has been actively involved in the controversial debates about the social, economic, and political integration of Hispanics in American society. As staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-85), Chavez conducted studies on discrimination based on race, sex, and national origin. She has been president of U.S. English, a public interest research group addressing the question of bilingualism in American education, and a political commentator for the Chicago Sun Times and American Politics. In 1986 Chavez was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. Her forthcoming book, At the Crossroads: Hispanics in the United States, is the result of research she has directed over the past several years as a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

She will speak in the Athenaeum at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner.