Diversity: The Invention of a Concept

Professor Wood discussed his book, Diversity: The Invention of a Concept, published by Encounter Books. In the book, Professor Wood traces the evolution of the… read more

Professor Wood discussed his book, Diversity: The Invention of a Concept, published by Encounter Books. In the book, Professor Wood traces the evolution of the concept of “diversity,” beginning with the opinion expressed by Supreme Court Justice Louis Powell in the 1978 case of the University of California Regents v. Bakke. Allen Bakke is a white male who was twice refused admission to the University of California - Davis after allegedly being displaced by less qualified minority students. According to Professor Wood, diversity is at odds with America’s basic ideals of liberty and equality. Further, the concept of diversity has been distorted to insure prearranged statistical outcomes in terms of racial and ethnic makeup. Therefore, he concludes, diversity undermines the country’s attempts to overcome racial division. Drawing on his experience as a social scientist, Professor Wood illustrates how diversity influences politics, law, education, business, entertainment, religion, and the arts. After his presentation Professor Wood answered questions from members of the audience. close

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Diversity: The Invention of a Concept

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Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
First Aired:
Feb 23, 2003 | 8:29am EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Mar 15, 2003 | 9:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Feb 23, 2003 | 8:29am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 23, 2003 | 5:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 02, 2003 | 2:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 15, 2003 | 9:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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