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Perspectives on Diversity, Health Disparities and Substance Abuse Covered at UAlbany Conference

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2007)

The University at Albany will host an interdisciplinary research conference, "American Dilemmas: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Diversity, Health Disparities, and Issues of Substance Abuse."

Life Sciences Building, University at Albany uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Featured speaker:
12:45-1:30 p.m., Orlando Patterson, John Cowles professor of sociology at Harvard University, "The Ecumenical Candidate?: Obama, Diversity, and Changing Ethno-Racial Identities in America."


  • Orlando Patterson, John Cowles professor of sociology at Harvard University
  • Dr. Peter Delany, program director for Health Services Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health
  • Provost Susan Herbst, officer in charge, University at Albany

The conference's purpose is to encourage conversation within the University community; to engage in conversation on issues related to the nation's historically diverse and underserved populations; and to facilitate the exchange of research across the disciplines. During the conference, internationally-renowned scholar Orlando Patterson will offer both theoretical and practical insights on the dilemmas many people face in addressing and working with diverse population groups. Conference presentations will cover a broad range of diversity issues, ranging from the politics of the disabled body to Poospatuck Indian needs assessment.

The University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges, and an honors college. For more information about this internationally ranked institution, visit theUniversity at Albany. Visit UAlbany's extensive roster of faculty experts.

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