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Forum marks 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

April 16, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - “Personal and Professional Reflections on Brown v.  Board of Education,” a forum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the “separate but equal” doctrine for public schools in the United States, will be held Thursday, April 29, at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Featured speaker will be Tracey Meares, professor of law and director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School.

A reception with Dr. Meares will begin at 5:30 p.m. in conference rooms C-D, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, lower level of Brookens Library at UIS. Both the reception and the forum are free and open to the public.

Meares grew up in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School. She received the B.S. in general engineering from the U of I at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 and the J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago in 1991.  She joined the U C Law School faculty in 1994 after serving as clerk for Judge Harlington Wood, Jr. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and as a trial attorney in the Attorney General’s Honor Program, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice. She has held her current position since 1999. In addition to teaching, Meares also serves as a research fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a faculty member of the U of C Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; and a member of the executive committee of the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research.

The event is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and by the UIS Speakers Awards Committee, Inter-Club Council Board, Model Illinois Government, Tau Eta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, and Political Studies and Legal Studies Departments.

For more information, contact Sara Ann Jones, Political Studies graduate assistant, by phone at 206-7889 or by e-mail at gapos@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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