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Feb. 25, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Gary Delgado will give the talk, "Democracy, Detention and Dirty Tricks," Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is the final event in the Social Science Colloquium Series, "Higher Education and Civic Engagement: Fulfilling the Promise."

Delgado, who will discuss government intervention and tensions between national security and individual liberties in a post- September 11 society, is executive director of the Applied Research Center (ARC).

Founder and director of the Center for Third World Organizing and leader in the National Welfare Rights Organization, Delgado has worked extensively with the activist and academic communities around issues of race and poverty. ColorLines, the nation's leading magazine on race, culture, and organizing, is published by ARC.

He has worked as a lead organizer with the National Welfare Rights Organization and as one of the initial organizers of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN is the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families, with over 150,000 member families organized into 750 neighborhood chapters in more than 60 cities across the country.

A scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California Berkeley, he also is a board member of the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of the Aspen Institute. His analytical work includes over 30 articles and studies on social change practice.

"Delgado will address concerns about how lack of citizen empowerment can put our civil liberties at risk, especially in times of turmoil," says Janice Butler, director of the Office of Service-Learning and colloquium coordinator.

"People who are concerned about the implications of the Patriot Act and its re-authorization, immigration, legal policy, social justice and equity issues will find this program interesting," she said.


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