Panel Discussion on Supreme Court Deliberations Centered on Diversity Issues on April 16

Adelphi University's Diversity Committee is sponsoring an interactive panel discussion on recent and upcoming Supreme Court deliberations on issues of diversity and equality: gay marriage, affirmative action, and the Voting Rights Act.

Adelphi University's Diversity Committee is sponsoring an interactive panel discussion, "Deliberating Diversity and Equality," on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY. The panel will talk about the recent and upcoming Supreme Court deliberations on issues of diversity and equality: gay marriage, affirmative action, and the Voting Rights Act. The event is free and open to the community.

Carl Mirra, Ph.D., is associate professor and director of childhood education at the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education at Adelphi University. His research focuses on peace education and civil rights and ideology of U.S. foreign policy to historiography/movements of the 1960s. Dr. Mirra received his Ph.D., M.Phil and M.A. in history and education from Columbia University. He teaches childhood special education, global and societal development and conflict, adolescent education, youth movement and childhood education. Dr. Mirra has authored four books and over half a dozen articles. He has lectured and presented papers around the U.S. and internationally.

The panel includes:

Jamal Greene, J.D. is a constitutional law professor at Columbia University and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Dr. Greene received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005 and received an A.B in economics in 1999 from Harvard College. His current courses and research includes constitutional law, constitutional theory, federal course and legal theory workshop. Dr. Greene has published over a dozen journal articles. He has been honored with the Burton H. Brody Prize for best paper on constitutional privacy, Smith- Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Prize and Edgar M. Cullen Prize for best paper by a first-year law student.

Marsha J. Tyson Darling, Ph.D. is professor in Adelphi's History Department and director of the African, Black and Caribbean Studies Program. Dr. Darling received her Ph. D. and M.A. from Duke University. Her recent courses include topics such as black history in America, civil rights movement, ethnicity in American history, women and international development, world citizenship and conscience, and social justice movement. Much of her current research has been focused on emerging biotechnologies, contemporary and emerging public policy, social development issues, ethics and governance challenges for public and civil society stakeholders in the 21st century. Dr. Darling has written and published four books, over half a dozen book chapters and has lectured extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally.

Stephanie Lake, Ph.D. is the director of Criminal Justice Program at Adelphi University. Dr. Lake received her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from University of Virginia. She has delivered courses on criminology, criminal justice, terrorism, white collar crimes and social problems.

Hugh Wilson, Ph.D. is professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Adelphi University. He taught in the department for 35 years in the areas of American and comparative politics. Prior to his academic career at Adelphi, Dr. Wilson was an organizer of poor people's movements in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. His work centered on economic, social, and racial justice issues including welfare, housing and employment rights. His justice work transitioned as he became a consultant to nonprofits and served as a trainer for nonprofit boards and staff. Professor Wilson was also a participant in the 1960s civil rights and anti-war movements. He has published numerous articles on Black politics, the suburbs, the politics of nuclear power, and Black families.

About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs-The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Schools of Nursing and Social Work-the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.