Dr. Luis Fraga will present the 2011 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thursday, April 7, at the Jones Playhouse (4045 University Way NE, UW Seattle). A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Fraga is a faculty member in the UW Department of Political Science, the associate vice provost for Faculty Advancement, Russell F. Stark University Professor, and the director of the Diversity Research Institute. Prior to joining the UW in July, 2007, he was a faculty member of political science at Stanford University. Dr. Fraga’s research and teaching interests are in Latino politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, education politics, and voting rights policy.
Named in honor of the University of Washington’s first Vice President for the Office of Minority Affairs in 1970, the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice. All University of Washington faculty members are eligible to be nominated.
The late Dr. Kelly created a vision for how the University could and should meet its obligations to students regardless of color or economic status. He spearheaded new models of admissions, counseling, and academic support that have since been emulated across the country.
Last year’s honored lecturer was Dr. Richard Ladner, a Boeing professor in computer science and engineering. Previous lecturers include Dr. Biren (Ratnesh) Nagda, School of Social Work (2009); Dr. Joy Williams, College of Education (2008); Dr. Karina Walters, School of Social Work (2007); Dr. Devon G. Peña, Department of Anthropology/American Ethnic Studies (2006); and Dr. Quintard Taylor, Department of History (2005).
The lecture is free but advance registration is requested.