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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 4, 2005 - 3

" ON CAMPUS
Music students to
perform tuba and
euphonium set
* The tuba and euphonium ensemble
concert will be put on by the School
of Music tonight at 8 p.m. in the
Britton Recital Hall. The musi-
cians are the students of Prof. Fritz
Kaenzig.
Exhibit opening to
feature University
of Texas professor
Tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Audito-
rium D of Angell Hall, University
of Texas Prof. Denise Schmandy-
Besserat will discuss symbols and
the origins of writing as the kicker
to the official opening reception of
the Kelsey Museum of Archeology's
latest exhibition "This Fertile Land:
Signs and Symbols in the Early Arts
of Iran and Iraq."
The LSA Exhibit is sponsoring
the discussion. For more information
contact Daniel Madaj at 763-4190.
Authors to talk
about globalization
and feminism
The bookstore Shamun Drum will
host two authors for its event Work-
ing Through the Contradictions
" & Women and Globalization. The
event will take place at 7 p.m. at
Shamun Drum. The speakers are
writers E. San Juan, Jr. and Delia
D. Aguilar.The event will discuss
these contradictions and women
and globalization from a worldly,
feminist perspective that views
women as both laboring and desir-
ing subjects.
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CRIME
NOTES
Two floors in
MLB vandalized
Racial graffiti was found on the sec-
ond floor and the basement of the Mod-
ern Languages Building, according to
the Department of Public Safety. There
are currently no suspects.
Pcard used for
unauthorized
purchases
A caller reported to DPS that a Uni-
versity Pcard - the card issued to facutly
members for business-related purchases
- was used for unautorized purposes.
The caller had the card cancelled.
THIS DAY

In Daily History

Law symposium
to feature black
racial theorists

By Breeanna Hare
For the Daily
When Critical Race Theory was
originally envisioned, it was to be
an intersection of racial theory and
activism. However, many CRT theo-
rists today are frustrated at the turn
CRThas made from activism to aca-
demics.
The Michigan Journal of Race and
Law, run by Law School students,
will host a symposium titled Going
Back to Class: The Re-emergence of
Class in Critical Race Theory this
evening and tomorrow.
"This symposium is key because
it goes back to when the journal
was founded," said MJR&L busi-
ness manager Maureen Bishop. "It's
a look at the progress of CRT from
the first symposium 10 years ago, in
1995."
A focus of the symposium will be
University of Pittsburg Law School
Prof. Richard Delgado's article titled
"Crossroads and Blind Alleys: A
Critical Examination of Recent Writ-
ing About Race," focusing on the
recent transformations the theory
has undergone, as well as the future
of the theory in relation to class.
CRT was first proposed by lawyer
and law professor in the mid 1970s by
Derrick Bell, who described the efforts
of the civil rights movement as fading
into the background. With the help of
other legal intellectuals such as Delga-
do, CRT was formed to place civil rights
law into the broader context of econom-
ics, sociology, education and other basic
elements of society.
Delgado, who will be the keynote
speaker, said he feels the grassroots
CRT movement has moved away from
his original pragmatic intentions and
excessively into academic discourse.
CRT started with the idea that 90
percent of the time we live in a racist
society, Delgado said. "It's about the
notion that racism is natural instead
of extraordinary," he said.
CRT was revolutionary to many
not only for popularizing a practi-
cal - or pessimistic - view of rac-
ism, but also because it reframed the
rewards of the civil rights movement
as the work of white elites. Bell was
widely criticized for his view that
the legendary Brown vs. Board of
Education case, which desegregated
public schools, was won because the
United States had to revamp its pub-
lic image. This phenomenon - in
which the interests of white elites
coincide with those of the minority
population - is known in CRT as
"interest convergence."
Delgado believes in this ideology
wholeheartedly, as he expressed in
a new article on the Hernandez v.
Texas case - a precursor to Brown
v. Board that struck down the bus-
ing of Mexican-American students to
predominantly black schools instead
of predominantly white schools.
Delgado said he is now described as
cynical for holding the view that this
case is an example of interest conver-
gence and will address this opposi-

"I'm worried that
the younger crop
of CRT theorists
are enamored
(with) ... writing
about race, the
word, and not
race in the world."
- Richard Delgado
Professor, University of
Pittsburgh Law School
tion in his speech.
"Just like Brown v. Board, Her-
nandez came down because the
establishment needed a Latino break-
through," Delgado said. "American
elites could foresee trouble on the
Latino front."
The premise of interest conver-
gence will be integral at the sympo-
sium, where various acclaimed CRT
and legal theory professors from 18
prestigious universities will serve on
panels examining interdisciplinary
perspectives on race and class and
the future of CRT.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Philosophy Prof. Charles Mills, a
symposium panelist, said he favors
the combination of Marxism and
CRT, which forms a kind of "racial
capitalism." He said he agrees with
Delgado on the belief, central to
CRT, that class structure keeps racial
hierarchy intact. The working class
is divided by race, Mills said, to the
advantage of the upper class, which
is mainly composed of white elites.
University of California at Berke-
ley Law School Prof. Angela Harris
said CRT is essential in exposing
how interconnected class, race and
sex can be. "We need to pay atten-
tion to the intersections and under-
stand how complicated these issues
are," Harris said.
As an example, she referenced the
affirmative action disputes in higher
education. The often-cited argu-
ment that working-class whites are
being rejected in, favor of middle-
class blacks and Latinos - who, the
argument goes, have a better chance
of acceptance regardless of race
- is looking at class based solely on
income, she said.
"What CRT exposes is that class
also needs to be looked at in terms
of access to wealth and the racializa-
tion of class," she said.
As for the future of CRT, Delgado
envisions a new movement of CRT
theorists to recombine discourse and
political activism.
"I'm worried that the younger
crop of CRT theorists are enamored
by the easy arm-chair task of writ-
ing about race the word and not race
in the world," Delgado said. "A new
movement is needed."

Asian leaders to speak on
regionalbusiness, health

By Amine Tourki and
Laura Van Hyfte
Daily Staff Reporters
Prominent leaders in business and government will arrive
on campus today to tout the merits of Asian financial markets.
After the bust of the technology sector in the late 90s and the
emergence of prominent Internet companies such as AOL, Ebay
and Amazon, most heads turned east. This weekend's confer-
ence will highlight the different business practices and market
opportunities in the region that have grown in recent years.
"Asia is no longer simply a source of cheap labor for multina-
tional corporations, but also a source of new world brands," said
conference co-chair and Business sophomore Ajay Raina.
Among the countries that will be represented are India,
Korea, Japan and China. All countries will be given a panel
to discuss the opportunities and challenges in each of the coun-
tries. Emerging opportunities in Asian-related business will
also be reviewed.
The conference will be targeting the entire student community,
as the speakers will discuss a wide range of topics, Rania said.
"This will help.students learn how Asia can influence their
sector and the whole world economy. We hope to generate a
better understanding of opportunities and challenges in Asia,"
said Rania.
The weekend conference will consist of panels on broad sub-
jects such as business, health care and technology, with experts
in each field giving talks on the various topics.
Nachiket More, executive director of ICICI - a bank that is
expanding into remote and rural parts of India but also entering

new markets in Asia and Africa - will be speaking as a mem-
ber of the Indian subcontinent panel.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations panel and a
panel on health care will also be included in the range of sub-
jects discussed at the conference. All the panels are geared to
show other aspects of the Asian market and the power of its
impact.
The Asian Business Conference crosses into all sectors of
international business in Asia, said Jersey Liang, the modera-
tor of the health care panel and a professor of health care and
management with the School of Public Health.
The Japanese market differs from the U.S. market in terms of
government regulation and medical style. Japanese physicians
are known for prescribing more medicine but less surgical pro-
cedures, Liang said.
"It will be interesting to understand the implication of (our
differences) on healthcare and management, and how the Japa-
nese market differs from the U.S. market in terms of govern-
ment regulation and medical styles," Liang said.
"The conference hopes to enlighten students on the many
challenges and opportunities present in the Asian market," said
Narayan Ethirajulu, a second-year graduate student at the Busi-
ness School, adding that he is looking forward to the conference
because it will get the top leaders of the top countries in Asia
together.
The Conference will commence today at 4:30 p m. in Hale
Auditorium of the business school. The Ambassador of the
Philippines is its keynote speaker, whose speech will be fol-
lowed by a reception and mixer. The conference will last until
4 p.m. tomorrow,

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Four firms
from on-c
, recruiting

banned
ampus

Drop out and become a ski hum.

February 4, 1971 - As a result of the
new policy forbidding organizations that
practice discrimination, the Office of Stu-
dent Services has barred General Foods,
IBM, Dun and Bradstreet and Ford
Motor Company from recruiting on cam-
pus because they do business with South
Africa. The four major firms cancelled
their campus visits immediately upon
hearing of the new policy.
The OSS board has pledged not to
extend its services to any "profit corpo-
ration operating where discrimination
is legally enforced on the basis of race,
color, creed, or sex, for example South
Africa." These firms with South African
offices can still utilize other placement
offices at the University.
Upjohn Corporation and the Chase
Manhattan Bank have not canceled any
appointments even though they both have
offices in South Africa. William Audas,
associate director of Placement Services,
said that if it is confirmed that these two
offices follow apartheid practices, they
will not be able to use the OSS. He added
that the policy will affect about 15 percent

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