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Humanities Symposium

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The Viterbo University School of Letters and Sciences presents

Immigrants and Refugees: The Global Movement at our Door

February 5–7, 2007

Monday, February 5
7 p.m. Dr. Khassan Baiev, Chechnyan physician, refugee, and author of The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire
A Refugee Doctor's Perspective: Health Crisis in the Aftermath of War
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
This event is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Skemp Foundation
Tuesday, February 6
9:30 a.m. Patti Hurd, Director of Refugee and Immigrant Service, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
Welcoming the Stranger: A Christian Response
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
10:30 a.m. Dr. Michael Smuksta, Professor, History
E Pluribus Unum: Immigration and Nativism in American History
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
11:30 a.m. Dr. Carolyn Tuttle, Chair, Economics, Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Ill.)
Contemporary Sweatshops: American Factories along the U.S. Border
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
12:30 p.m. Free Soup Luncheon
Reinhart Center Board Room
1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Immigration Close to Home
Moderator: Dr. Jason Howard, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies & Philosophy; Va Thao; Mayche Vang; Liz Volten (Postville, Iowa); invited guests; and morning speakers
Fine Arts Center Lobby
3:30 p.m. Film Documentary: The Lost Boys of Sudan
Viterbo Honors Students, Discussion Leaders
Reinhart Center Board Room
7 p.m. Dr. Rita Simon, Professor of Public Affairs, American University (Washington, D.C.), author of International Immigration: The Female Experience; The Case for Trans-racial Adoption; In Their Own Voices; and  The Ambivalent Welcome: Adoption, Race, and Identity
Immigration in the Context of World Peace
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Wednesday, February 7
9 a.m. Steven Forester, Esq., Senior Policy Advocate Haitian Women of Miami
How American Legislation affects a Foreign National
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
10 a.m. Dr. Jesús Jambrina, Professor, World Languages
Latin American Immigration: A Personal Story
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
11 a.m.Kari Ann Fonte, American Immigration Lawyer's Pro Bono Project (Miami)
A Day in the Life of an Immigration Attorney
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
noon Free Soup Luncheon
Reinhart Center Board Room
1 p.m.Panel Discussion: Latin American Immigration Issues
Moderators: Maribel Bird and Vicente Guillot, Professors, World Languages; Violeta Abitia (La Crosse); invited guests; and morning speakers
Fine Arts Center Lobby
3:30 p.m. Video Discussion: Maria Full of Grace
Viterbo Honors Students, Discussion Leaders
Reinhart Center Board Room


Poetry Readings and Prayer will precede each speaker. Readers will include Hmong and World Language students.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. If you have questions, contact Robyn Gaier at 608-796-3710 or email rrgaier@viterbo.edu.

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