Press Release


Professor of Law Gerald Torres (University of Texas), Professor of International Studies Vijay Prashad (Trinity College), and Professor of History Mae Ngai (University of Chicago) consider the impact of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision

CHICAGO – In honor of Black History Month, the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) expands the discussion of integration beyond black and white. The IHC will sponsor a roundtable discussion, “Asian-American and Latino Perspectives on Integration,” on Thursday, February 17th, at the Newberry Library (60 W.Walton) at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make reservations or for more information, contact the IHC at 312.422.5580 or send an email to This event is wheelchair accessible.

The Center for Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago and The Newberry Library are co-sponsors of this event.


Gerald Torres is Professor of Law at the University of Texas. He is the co-author (with Lani Guinier) of The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy, which Publisher’s Weekly called “one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years.”

Vijay Prashad is Associate Professor and Director of the International Studies Program at Trinity College. He is the author of many books, including Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity.

Mae Ngai is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Her new book, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America 1924-1965 was published by Princeton University Press.

This panel will be moderated by Sumi Cho, Associate Professor of Law at DePaul University and the principal investigator for a grant supporting the first coordinated legal research on Japanese American internment, redress, and reparation.

“Asian-American and Latino Perspectives on Integration is part of the IHC’s “Brown v. Board 50 Years Later: Conversations on Integration, Race, and the Courts,” a free, year-long series of programs taking place in Illinois through May 2005. For a calendar of events or for more information, please visit the IHC’s “Brown v. Board 50 Years Later” website at or contact the IHC at 312.422.5580 or via email at

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5), Chicago Sun-Times, Comcast, and WYCC-TV Channel 20 are media sponsors for “Brown v. Board 50 Years Later.” “Brown v. Board 50 Years Later” is funded in part by grants from The Boeing Company, Jovon Broadcasting, the Polk Bros. Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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