Racial Profiling: Pre- and Post-September 11” will be
the theme of the third annual State of Race Debate, to be held in
Glenn Auditorium, Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by College
Council, the State of Race Debate series invites experts to campus
for discussion of important racial issues and how they affect society
This year’s diverse, three-person panel includes: Michelle
Alexander, associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union-Northern
California; Dinesh D’Souza, author of the best-selling book
What’s So Great About America? and Rishwain fellow
at the Hoover Institution; and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma
Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
John Ford, senior vice president and dean of Campus Life, will moderate.
The debate will be a panel discussion followed by questions from
the audience. “In the past, we’ve had a lot of good
questions,” said Purvi Patel, president of College Council.
“People seem to leave with a feeling of closure.
“With three different speakers represented, everyone will
have a chance to express an opinion,” Patel continued. A senior,
Patel is double-majoring in international studies and women’s
studies. “There will be a lot of debate and dialogue. I’m
sure there will be some disagreement about the issue, but hopefully
not any controversy.”
Controversial or not, each panelist certainly will offer distinctive
opinions about how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have
affected national security and specifically the use of racial profiling
not only by law enforcement agencies, but businesses such as the
Alexander is founder and former director of the ACLU-NC’s
Racial Justice Project, which has litigated several racial-profiling
suits against the state of California. D’Souza, a native of
India, was a senior domestic policy analyst during the last two
years of the Reagan administration. He has written several books
on culture and politics and is now a fellow at Stanford University’s
Gandhi grew up in South Africa during apartheid. As a teenager,
he moved to India and eventually worked there as a reporter. He
came to the United States in 1987, and four years later he cofounded
the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence to espouse the philosophy and
teachings of his late grandfather.
The State of Race Debate was first held in Spring 2001 during Emory’s
Year of Reconciliation, and it has quickly become a staple of the
year’s programming. The 2001 debut was a theatrical and dynamic
affair featuring professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West,
activist Tom Hayden and author Elaine Brown. Last year was a dialogue
between conservative commentator and former Republican presidential
candidate Alan Keyes and Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored Persons.
College Council, an arm of Emory’s Student Government Association,
is a 30-member organization that provides student oversight and
is the legislative body for Emory College.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception in White Hall
will follow the debate.