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FAU to Host Distinguished Scholar Series

Lou Kushnick to Speak on Structural Racism in the United States

                BOCA RATON, FL (November 6, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education will host two lectures by Lou Kushnick, professor emeritus of race relations from the University of Manchester, England, as part of its Distinguished Scholar Series on Thursday, November 12.  

Kushnick’s first lecture, “Structural Racism: Post Obama Challenge,” will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Grand Palm Room of FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The lecture will analyze the nature, impact and implications of structural racism for diverse communities within the United States and for the functioning of the United States political economy.

A reception with Kushnick will precede his second lecture, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center.  The lecture, “Structural Racism: Education, Health, Housing and Prisons,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Center, and will focus on the nature, impact and implications of racial inequalities for the United States. The second lecture, as well as the reception, are free and open to the public.

            Kushnick, a Brooklyn, New York native, has been involved in anti-racist work in the United Kingdom for more than 40 years. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester where he taught in the American studies department from 1964 to 1992, followed by an appointment to the university’s department of sociology. Kushnick was the founding director of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, serving as the Centre director from 1998 to 2007, and remains director of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Educational Trust Fund. He was also editor of Sage Race Relations Abstracts from 1980 to 2007.

            For more information, contact Marta I. Cruz-Janzen at 561-297-3671or


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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