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Lake Erie College's McQuaid to present at NASA conference in Washington, D.C.

(Painesville, Ohio) - Kim McQuaid, Ph.D., Lake Erie College professor of history, will give a presentation entitled, "Racism, Sexism, and Space Ventures: Civil Rights at NASA in the Nixon Era and Beyond" at the Societal Impact of Spaceflight Conference in Washington, D.C. on September 19-21.

Organized by the NASA History Division and the NASA Department of Space History, the conference will be held at the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution. As the 50th anniversary of the Space Age approaches in 2007, and the 50th anniversary of NASA in 2008, the conference intends to examine the effects of spaceflight on society as well as any impact that society has had on spaceflight.

McQuaid's presentation clarifies the interplay of sociopolitical change within and around NASA, and also casts a light on race and gender tensions within affirmative action. It concludes that NASA's political lags on race and gender issues within a conservative, white, male, military test-pilot and engineering-focused organizational culture induced more cooperation among groups being discriminated against than conflict among them. It also demonstrates how professional black women played important "bridge leadership" roles in this process of organizational conflict and accommodation.

McQuaid received his bachelor degree in history at Antioch College and his master's and Ph.D. in U.S. history at Northwestern University. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 1970, he has also held several Fulbright Overseas Teaching positions. McQuaid is a contributor to academic and nonacademic journals. His most recently published academic piece is "Selling the Space Age: NASA and Earth's Environment, 1958-1990," which appeared in Environment and History, a journal published in the United Kingdom. He is currently at work on a social history of the Space Age.

Additionally, McQuaid has published several books including, Creating the Welfare State (coauthored with Edward Berkowitz); Big Business and Presidential Power; A Response to Industrialism: Liberal Businessmen and the Evolving Spectrum of Capitalist Reform, 1886-1960; The Anxious Years: America in the Vietnam-Watergate Era; and Uneasy Partners: Big Business in American Politics, 1945-1990.

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master's degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.


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