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February 7, 2005

Coming to Campus

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail:, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

Richard Nathan, director of the Rockefeller Institute and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, will give a talk on faith-based organizations and their role in providing social services, “Religion and Social Welfare Policy: Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative,” on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Class of ’47 Room in Homer Babbidge Library.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Political Science.Nathan currently directs a research project of the Rockefeller Institute of Government entitled “The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy.” The non-partisan project explores the role of faith-based organizations in the delivery of social services. Nathan will also be available to answer questions about the Roundtable and his current research in this area.

Nathan has written and edited books on the implementation of domestic public programs in the United States and on American Federalism. In addition to academic work at SUNY-Albany and Princeton University, he has extensive policy experience in the federal government: He served as assistant director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget; deputy undersecretary for welfare reform of the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare; and director of domestic policy for the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (The Kerner Commission).

For further information, contact Professor Elizabeth Hanson at 860.486.2534 or

Christopher Edley Jr., co-director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project, will give a talk on “The Future of the Civil Rights Movement” on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m., in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center.

Edley, who taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, was recently named dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He will be the first African American dean to lead a top-ranked U.S. law school.

Edley is founding co-director of The Civil Rights Project, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy think tank based at Harvard, which focuses on issues of racial justice. He also is serving a six-year term as a member of the bipartisan U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and is a member of the oversight committee for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences. Edley also served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, a blue-ribbon private study led by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

Edley’s book, Not All Black & White: Affirmative Action, Race and American Values, stemmed from his work as special counsel to President Clinton and director of the White House Review of Affirmative Action. From 1997 to 1999, he served as senior adviser to Clinton for the President’s Race Initiative. He is currently completing a book analyzing the future prospects for the racial justice movement in a multiracial society.

His academic work focuses on civil rights, but also delves into administrative law and the role of law in the policy-making process.

He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the board of the National Immigration Forum, and a member of the executive committee of the board of People for the American Way.

He served as a senior policy advisor on domestic and economic issues for the presidential campaign of Howard Dean.

The talk is sponsored by the Institute for African American Studies, and is part of the Critical Issues Series as well as one of the events of Black History Month.