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Melvin M. (Melvin Marvin) Tumin (speaker)
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) (sponsoring body)


March 19 1964


Melvin Tumin discusses desegregation, including, specifically, the Princeton Plan, and general resistance to social change and manifestations of racism among a variety of social groups. Tumin describes his experiences on campus at Princeton University, where he was a professor; in particular he discusses the formation of a group on Princeton’s campus called Students for Segregation, as well as work by segregationist and Princeton University alumni Carleton Putnam. Tumin details his work with the Anti-Defamation League, and discusses race as social construct and a recent report by UNESCO scientists that discredits genetic pretenses for racist assumptions. Tumin also describes the impact of the Cold War on education policy, and addresses concerns regarding infrastructure in public schools. During the question and answer period, Tumin responds to queries on issues of desegregation (specifically as it pertains to public schools in the New York City borough of Queens), and Malcolm X.





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