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Hartnell College Diversity Conference to Feature Little Rock Student of 1957

April 22nd, 2003

Terrance Roberts, one of the students involved in the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, will be the keynote speaker at Hartnell College's third diversity conference, "Mastering the Maze," which will be held Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1.

His keynote address, "Lessons from Little Rock," will be presented at 12:30 p.m. April 30 in Steinbeck Hall in the College Center.

Roberts, who also is the conference facilitator, was a 15-year-old 11th grader when he joined eight other students to become one of the first nine black students to go to a formerly segregated public high school in Little Rock.

A dozen workshops and forums will be held during the two-day event. Several speakers will address such topics as "Racial Profiling - Myth or Method," "Pulling Up the Root of Racism," "What Does It Mean to be Gay in America Today," "El Teatro Campesino - Theater as Social Action," and "Behind the Scenes in Palestine and Israel: Current Realities in the Middle East."

The conference ends with a May 1 dinner that will feature Taiko drummers, the Men's Black Gospel Choir from Mt. Nebo Church of Salinas, and Brazilian music and dancing.

Workshops, forums and the keynote address are free and open to the pubic.

A conference package - which includes lunch on April 30 and the May 1 dinner - costs $20.

The conference is sponsored by the college's Associated Students, faculty and staff in association with the The Californian.

For more information, call Irene Rasmussen, Hartnell's activities coordinator, at (831) 755-6825.