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Whitehorn to speak today

Laura Whitehorn, targeted by many campus and national figures as a terrorist after she was convicted of bombing the U.S. Capitol in 1985, will make her long-awaited appearance on campus today. As part of the "Teaching Race, Teaching Gender" speaker series, she will discuss HIV infection in the U.S. prison system at 4 p.m. in the John Hope Franklin Center.

In January, campus conservatives and national political commentators criticized Whitehorn's scheduled speech and the invitation for her to lecture from Dr. Becky Thompson, visiting associate professor of African and African-American studies. They noted that, in addition to Whitehorn's involvement in the Capitol bombing, she has been involved in various violent, left-wing organizations.

Whitehorn defends her motives in the Capitol bombing and other activities--citing the U.S. invasion of Grenada, among other events in American foreign policy--although she has not advocated that others follow her example.

Pratt School names associate dean

Tod Laursen, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in civil and environmental engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering, was appointed the school's senior associate dean for education last week.

Pratt Dean Kristina Johnson said Laursen will develop a school-wide strategy for recruiting graduate and undergraduate students and work with other Pratt faculty members to expand master's degree offerings and to improve the Pratt curriculum with special emphasis on the first-year experience.

Hip-Hop Global Flows Conference continues tonight

The original kick-off speaker and documentary for last week's Hip-Hop Global Flows Conference has been rescheduled for tonight. The National Panhellenic Council is sponsoring a viewing of "The Miseducation of Lauryn's Girls (From Queens to Queen B*****S): The Image of Women of Color in American Entertainment," a hip-hop documentary by David Lamb, a professor at John Jay College in New York. The event will be at the White Lecture Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Feminist leader to speak Wednesday

Robin Morgan, a leader of the modern feminist movement, award-winning poet, essayist, political theorist, journalist and activist, will appear Wednesday to kick off Women's History Month celebrations on campus.

Morgan, a former editor of Ms. Magazine, will discuss her new book, Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium, at 7 p.m. March 5 in the White Lecture Hall. A book signing will follow the lecture.

A&S meeting canceled

The Arts and Sciences Council meeting scheduled for March 6 has been canceled. The next meeting is April 10.


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