Faculty experts discuss immigration from multiple perspectives in Oct. 28 open forum
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
MANHATTAN — Children are held at the border as protests rage. Talking heads and elected officials spout statistics and distribute blame. As Election Day approaches, we are bombarded with television ads, news stories and social media rants about immigration reform.
In a civil examination of the topic, the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at Kansas State University Libraries will present "Viewpoint 360: Immigration" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Four Kansas State University professors with varying specializations will take part in the panel presentation, which is free and open to the public.
The panel will consider a wide variety of questions: How do current developments in immigration nationally reflect global and historical trends? How do representations of immigration in the media reflect or alter our perceptions of reality? And what are the best ways to find reliable, current information on the subject of immigration?
"We are planning an entire series of 'Viewpoint 360' panels that will continue into future semesters," said Melia Fritch, assistant professor and coordinator of the Dow Center. "These events will all examine hot topics in American culture. Immigration is clearly a vital and timely issue to start with."
Panelists include Fritch; Tanya Gonzalez, associate professor of English; Jeffrey S. Smith, associate professor of geography; and Norma Valenzuela, visiting professor of American ethnic studies.
Located on the fourth floor of Hale Library, the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies serves as an interdisciplinary center for students, faculty, staff and community members who are interested in exploring the human diversity, the changing landscape of American demographics and the impact of globalization.
For more information about "Viewpoint 360: Immigration," contact Darchelle Martin at 785-532-7442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.