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Lani Guinier lectures on "Affirmative Action" on Monday, February 9, 2004, part of Black History Month celebration at Reed College

WHAT: Law professor and activist Lani Guinier will lecture on "Affirmative Action" on Monday, February 9, 2004 as a part of Reed College's celebration of Black History Month.

In 1998 Lani Guinier became the first black woman appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Guinier came to public attention when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993 to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, only to have her name withdrawn without a confirmation hearing.

WHEN: 8 p.m., Monday, February 9, 2004

LOCATION: Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland

COST: This event is free and open to the public.

CONTACT: For more information, the public can call 509/777-7755 or visit .

MEDIA: To arrange for reserved seating or to pre-schedule an interview with Ms. Guinier, please contact Beth Sorensen, Reed College Office of Communications, at 503/777-7574 or at

Author of Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice as well as many articles and op-ed pieces on democratic theory, political representation, educational equity, and race and gender, Guinier argues that colleges should practice "confirmative action," meaning that all students should be evaluated and educated to confirm the sacred, democratic mission of higher learning. She is the recipient of the Champion of Democracy Award and eight honorary degrees. Guiner will also be available for book signing.