Civil Rights Expert To Speak
At Carnegie Mellon Oct. 21
PITTSBURGH—Frank Wu, author of "Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White," will speak at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Carnegie Mellon University's Baker Hall. His talk is part of Carnegie Mellon's University Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.
A visiting professor at the University of Maryland, Wu argues for a new paradigm of civil rights that includes people of all backgrounds and that addresses forms of racial discrimination that are not obvious but subtle. Wu previously served as dean of Wayne State University's law school, where he was one of only three Asian American law school deans in the U.S.
Born in Cleveland and the son of Chinese immigrants, Wu has appeared often in the media and on the lecture circuit to discuss affirmative action and other civil rights issues. He was the first Asian American law professor at Howard University, one of the nation's leading historically black schools. This year, Wu was one of two recipients of the Asian Pacific Fund's Chang-Lin Tien Award, which is given for leadership in higher education.
Wu received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan. His appearance is sponsored by a grant to the university from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.