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Affirmative Action Discussions at Susquehanna University

April 1, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – A supporter and a critic of affirmative action will address audiences at Susquehanna University April 4 in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The events are free and open to the public.

Jerry Levinsky, a proponent of affirmative action and an instructor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass), will deliver the lecture Anti-discrimination and Affirmative Action at 5:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., actor and social commentator Joseph Phillips, a critic of affirmative action, will speak.

Levinsky teaches courses at UMass on civil rights and workers' rights in U.S. law. He directs a practicum in civil rights administration and enforcement, and teaches an advanced seminar in civil rights advocacy, policy and enforcement. He earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and labor studies from Rutgers University, a master's degree in labor studies from UMass, a juris doctor from Western New England College School of Law, and a certificate in advanced graduate studies in social justice education, also from UMass. He currently serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, for which he was deputy general counsel from 1993-2007, and is editor of the Journal of Intergroup Relations.

Levinsky's appearance is sponsored by Susquehanna University College Democrats. For more information, please contact Devin Kittrell at (202) 997-4978.

Phillips is best known for his role on The Cosby Show as Lt. Martin Kendall, husband to Lisa Bonet's character, Denise. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Daily News, Essence, Upscale and USA Today. His weekly column, The Way I See It , appears in newspapers across the country, and his first book, He Talk Like a White Boy, contains his personal reflections on faith, family, politics and authenticity.

Phillips' appearance is sponsored by the Susquehanna University College Republicans. Please contact Erin Dinsmore at (717) 503-4762 for more information.

Contact: Gerald Cohen
570-372-4119

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