Marlboro College

News Lecture on Racial Diversity in Education, April 4

MARLBORO, VT - (March 22, 2011) - Marlboro College will present a free, public lecture by professor Elizabeth Aries on race and class in education in Ragle Hall on Monday April 4 at 7 p.m.

Aries' talk, "The Challenges and Benefits of Racial Diversity," is based on her 2008 book, Race and Class Matters at an Elite College (Temple University Press). In 2005-06, Aries conducted an intensive study with 58 Amherst College students. Her book offers a uniquely personal look at the day-to-day thoughts and feelings of these students as they experience racial and economic diversity firsthand, some for the first time. Aries chronicles what they learned from racial and class diversity-and what schools might do to help their students learn more. Through her research and analysis, Aries has been able to assess the benefits gained from racial and class diversity.

Elizabeth Aries teaches Psychology at Amherst College and is also the author of Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences and Adolescent Behavior: Readings and Interpretations. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and master's degree and certificate programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration, nonprofit management and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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