Angela Oh to discuss race relations at WCU

Angela E. Oh, a civil rights attorney and author who served on President Bill Clinton’s race relations advisory board, will speak on racial reconciliation Tuesday, March 27, as part of Western Carolina University’s observance of Women’s History Month.

Oh’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Forsyth Building. Admission is free.

Oh chose to dedicate her skills as an attorney and spokesperson to public service after she was named special counsel to the Committee on the Los Angeles Crisis following the 1992 riots there. President Clinton appointed her to serve on the seven-member advisory board to his Initiative on Race in 1997. Oh left her partnership in 1998 to examine issues of race, diversity and the future of American society through teaching, writing and lecturing.

Oh is now Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow at the University of California at Irvine, where she teaches a course on race and American law. She is currently working on two book projects: “Asian Americans and the Law — A Reader for Multi-racial America” and “Race Relations on the Road — America’s Stories of Hope.”

For more information about Oh’s presentation, or other Women’s History Month events at WCU, contact Marilyn Chamberlin, WCU assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, at (828) 227-3878.