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Sept. 10, 2004

Diversity and Politics Lectures Set at UW-RF

Professor Rodney Hero, chair of the department of political science at Notre Dame University, will be the first in a series of speakers on diversity issues on Sept. 20. He will speak at a.m. in the Regents Room of the Hagestad Student Center at UW-River Falls.

Hero specializes in U.S. democracy and politics, especially as viewed through the analytical perspective of Latino and ethnic/minority politics, state/urban politics, and federalism. He has published a number of research articles on these topics.

His book, "Latinos and the U.S. Political System: Two-tiered Pluralism" (1992), received the American Political Science Association's Ralph J. Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous year that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism.

Hero also wrote "Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics" (1998), which was selected for the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book published on government, politics or international affairs.

UW-River Falls alumnus Gregory Gray, a lawyer and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, will speak on Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Regents Room of the Student Center.

Gray has considerable experience as a corporate legal council and auditor. In 2002, he was the first African-American endorsed by the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party for statewide office since Elmer Childress won the party's backing for secretary of state in 1970. Having served in both private industry and government, Gray brings a broad understanding of both.

James St. Arnold, community education coordinator and program director of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), is the featured speaker on Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Regents Room.

St. Arnold lectures and writes educational materials about Chippewa treaty rights and resource management issues. He also held positions with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Michigan Inter-Tribal Council.

This series of speakers is funded by a UW-RF Race and Ethnicity Grant. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact Davida Alperin at 715/425-3318.


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