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January 22, 2007

Contact Bill Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterbo.edu

 

“IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES: THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT AT OUR DOOR” HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY FEB. 5–7

 

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Chechnyan trauma surgeon Dr. Khassan Baiev and Rita Simon, professor of public affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., are the keynote speakers at the “Immigrants and Refugees: The Global Movement at Our Door” Humanities Symposium at Viterbo University Feb. 5–7.

Dr. Baiev served in his nativeChechnya during the war with Russia in the 1990s and is an outspoken advocate for human rights who has been honored by Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and Amnesty International. He is also the author of The Oath: A Surgeon under Fire.

Simon is the author of International Immigration: the Female Experience; The Case of Trans-racial Adoption; In Their Own Voices; and The Ambivalent Welcome: Adoption, Race, and Identity.

            “This is a wonderful opportunity for students and the general public to hear about the various aspects of global immigration,” said Bill Reese, Viterbo religious studies and philosophy professor and symposium committee chair. “The symposium will assist in heightening our sensitivities as well as challenging our opinions on what it means to be an American in the 21st century.”

            Baiev will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. Simon will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. They will be joined by many other presenters who will share their unique insights into what immigration means to America, the world, and the people involved.

            Other speakers who will be presenting during the day at the symposium include attorneys who work with immigrants, a professor who discusses the working conditions of factories along the U.S.-Mexican border, and a personal story of immigration told by a Viterbo professor of Cuban descent.

 

The symposium schedule includes:

Monday, Feb. 5

“A Refugee Doctor’s Perspective: Health Crisis in the Aftermath of War” 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Dr. Khassan Baiev, a Chechnyan physician, refugee, and author of The Oath: A Surgeon under Fire
. This event is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Skemp Foundation.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 6

“Welcoming the Stranger: A Christian Response” 9:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Patti Hurd, director of Refugee and Immigrant Service for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

“E Pluribus Unum: Immigration and Nativism in American History” 10:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Michael Smuksta, Viterbo history professor.

Contemporary Sweatshops: American Factories along the U.S. Border” 11:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Carolyn Tuttle, chair of the economics department at Lake Forest College.

Panel Discussion: Immigration Close to Home 1:15 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby with moderator Jason Howard, Viterbo assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy, invited guests, and morning speakers
.

Film Documentary: The Lost Boys of Sudan 3:30 p.m. in Reinhart Center board room. Discussion to follow with Viterbo honors students.

“Immigration in the Context of World Peace” 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Rita Simon, professor of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and 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.


 

Wednesday, Feb. 7

“How American Legislation affects a Foreign National” 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center

Main Theatre with Ira Jay Kurzban, an immigration lawyer in Miami and the author of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook
.

“Latin American Immigration: A Personal Story” 10 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Dr. Jesús Jambrina, Viterbo professor of world languages
.

“A Day in the Life of an Immigration Attorney” 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre with Magda Montiel Davis, an attorney with the American Immigration Lawyer’s Pro Bono Project in Miami.

Panel Discussion: Latin American Immigration Issues 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby with moderators Maribel Bird and Vicente Guillot of the Viterbo world languages department, invited guests, and morning speakers.

Video Discussion: Maria Full of Grace 3:30 p.m. in the Reinhart Center board room. Discussion to follow with Viterbo honor students.

 

The symposium is sponsored by the Viterbo School of Letters and Sciences. A free soup luncheon will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Reinhart Center board room. All events are free and open to the public and registration is not required. Poetry readings and prayer will precede each speaker. If you have questions, please contact Bill Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterbo.edu.

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