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A Look at Affirmative Action with Mel Urofsky


This four-part series will look at the beginnings, mutations, and expansions of affirmative action.

After first being proposed in the Kennedy administration, affirmative action became and remains one of the most divisive public policy issues of our time.

Together, we will explore what began as compensation for past sins to African Americans that has since evolved into a search for diversity in the classroom and in business for not just African Americans but also for women, Latinos, and the disabled.

Other topics to be covered is how affirmative action split the Black and Jewish communities, the confusing response of the courts, including the current Harvard case, and where the nation now stands regarding the idea.

Dates: Wednesdays starting 4/22
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free for WHC members; $18 for non-members

This course will be conducted via ZOOM.

Please click here to register for this course.

About the Instructor:

Melvin I. Urofsky is professor emeritus of history and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the author of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, and most recently, The Affirmative Action Puzzle. He is also a longtime member of Washington Hebrew Congregation.

While not required for the course, if you would like to purchase Professor Urofsky's latest book, you can do so using this link and a portion of the proceeds will benefit WHC.