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Like Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein’s The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life has been much more debated than actually read. The authors’ bizarre ideas about brains and race have inflamed America’s left-wing thinkers. A panel of scholars convened by Howard University—including Harvard professor Stephen Jay Gould—gang-tackles Murray and Herrnstein’s conclusions and research methods at 10 a.m. in Room 300 of Howard’s Founders Library, 6th St. & Howard Pl. NW. FREE. (202) 806-0970. (David Plotz)