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Research Series: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Courts

Date: 09/13/2012

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 227 Burton Hall

Cost: Free


Please join us for the first presentation in the 2012-2013 PsTL Research Series. Dr. Karen Miskch will present on “Race, Affirmative Action and the Courts: Bridging the Legal Community and Social Scientists”.

Less than ten years after the Court decided the Michigan affirmative action cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a similar case from the University of Texas (Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 2012). Professor Miksch’s presentation will first provide an overview of the Fisher v. UT Austin case and address the role of social science research in the litigation thus far. She will then report on her legal and content analysis of the briefs filed in support of the petitioner (Ms. Fisher) and the respondent (the University), explore how social science research gets translated for the courts, and provide some suggestions for how educational researchers can provide information to inform legal decisions. Ample time will be reserved for discussion of how the Court may rule in the case and potential implications for students, faculty, and administrators in higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning with questions (pstl@umn.edu).


  • Name: Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
  • E-mail: pstl@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: College of Education and Human Development

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Disability Services.

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