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Daina Ramey Berry and Madeline Hsu contribute to "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education"

Thu, June 13, 2013
Daina Ramey Berry and Madeline Hsu contribute to
Professors Madeline Hsu and Daina Ramey Berry

Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, and Dr. Madeline Hsu, Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies and Director of UT's Center for Asian American Studies,
recently lent expertise to two different articles in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

In the article “Georgia University Students Save Slave Artifacts from Demolition,” posted May 28, Dr. Berry spoke about how artifacts help contribute to our understanding of the history of slavery in the U.S.

“For me as a historian," said Berry, "I learn more about slavery from a toilet or a trash pit. I can use the archaeological report as a physical record. It’s very powerful.”

In “Asian-American Students Face Unique Challenges When It Comes to Affirmative Action,” published June 2, Dr. Hsu discussed some of the negative effects of ending affirmative action policies for Asian-American students and Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

“It’s true that certain ethnic populations tend to come from highly educated and upper-middle-class backgrounds,” said Hsu, “But we have many Indians working as cab drivers and Koreans that run family businesses. There are issues among Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians, like higher-than-average poverty rates.” Hsu says several highly selective colleges use discretionary factors when making admissions decisions. Such factors, she says, include leadership and extracurricular activities.

“If you look at who benefits from the criterion, it’s actually White students,” she says. “It’s borne out by statistics. The kind of argument Fisher is making doesn’t hold.”

Professor Berry, who recently launched a new web site, will be presenting several lectures this summer, including a talk on "Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia" for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, and for the Library Company of Philidelphia's Juneteenth Symposium entitled “African American Women in the Era of Emancipation."

Professor Hsu has just wrapped a successful and busy academic year (read more in the Center for Asian American Studies spring 2013 newsletter), including convening a conference for the Institute for Historical Studies on "Transpacific China and the Cold War."


"Georgia University Students Save Slave Artifacts from Demolition"

"Asian-American Students Face Unique Challenges When It Comes to Affirmative Action"

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