Harvard civil rights group headed to LA





The Civil Rights Project at Harvard is moving to the University of California at Los Angeles, along with its director, Gary Orfield, depriving the university of a prominent voice in the national debate about racial justice.

The 10-year-old center, which Orfield cofounded at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, has produced reams of influential research on inequality, particularly in education -- on the resegregation of schools, for example.

"I have been offered an extraordinary opportunity to continue and expand the work of the Civil Rights Project, at UCLA, in a setting of great interest for the future of race relations and civil rights," Orfield wrote in an e-mail notifying colleagues last week.
Orfield will be on leave from the education school starting next semester.

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