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Race and Bias Conversations: Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A Discussion of Melissa Kean’s Book on Desegregation at Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane and Vanderbilt

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After World War II, elite private universities in the American South faced growing calls for desegregation. Unlike public institutions, no federal court ordered private institutions to admit Black students and no federal troops arrived to protect their ability to access them. In this discussion, Dr. Paula D. McClain explores Duke’s history of fighting desegregation, how Duke’s approach differed from its Southern peers, and what those efforts tell us about where Duke is today.  Participants should read the book, if possible, so that the discussion can be interactive, and not a lecture.

Speaker: Paula D. McClain, Ph.D., James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Professor of Public Policy, Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education

This event is part of The Graduate School's Race and Bias Conversations series. Questions? Contact Assistant Dean J. Alan Kendrick at or Assistant Dean Francisco Ramos at

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  • Race & Bias Conversations