The University Record, February 12, 2001

SCOR conference features Mary Frances Berry, Elaine Kim

By Nancy L. Kuharevicz

Mary Frances Berry and Elaine Kim will be the featured speakers at the 11th annual Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) Conference, “Claiming Space: Activism and Affirmation Through the Work of Students of Color,” Feb. 16–17 in the Rackham Building.

Kim, professor of Asian American studies and associate dean of the Graduate Division, College of Letters and Science, University of California at Berkeley, will speak 5–6 p.m. Feb. 16 in Rackham Amphitheater. A noted scholar on Asian American women’s studies, Asian American literature and Korean nationalism, she served as president of the Association for Asian American studies 1998–2000. She currently is working as executive producer of Doi Moi: The New Americans, a documentary on Asian and Latino immigrant women workers. She also is writing a book, Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Issues in Asian American Visual Art.

Alumna Mary Frances Berry, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will deliver the conference’s keynote speech 5–6 p.m. Feb. 17 in Rackham Amphitheater. Berry received her doctorate in history and her law degree from the U-M. She currently is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She has received 21 honorary degrees and numerous awards for her public service and scholarly activities, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Roy Wilkins Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Rosa Parks Award and Ebony Magazine’s Black Achievement Award. Ms. Magazine honored her as one of its 1986 Women of the Year.

The conference also will include presentations of students’ papers, posters, and visual and performance artwork. More than 50 presenters representing more than 20 different U.S. colleges and universities are scheduled. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three papers and the top three posters.

Two delegations from Ghana also are expected to attend.

The event is sponsored and organized by SCOR in collaboration with the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Additional support is provided by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, the Office of Student Affairs, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Rackham Student Government, the Department of History, the Law School and the School of Education.