Day Three of #AmDreamConf at RU: Faculty Panels on Immigration, Citizenship, and the 2016 Election

Today is Day Three of Roosevelt’s American Dream Reconsidered Conference this week. This afternoon in Ganz Hall, on the 7th floor of the university’s historic Auditorium Building, RU faculty are featured in two panel discussions on the interrelated issues of immigration, national policy, citizenship, and electoral politics.

Immigration, Citizenship, & the American Dream (2-3:15pm)

Roosevelt professors who have immigrated to the United States from around the world discuss their stories and their relationship to the American Dream. The audience will be invited to take a sample naturalization civics test similar to those required for applicants for U.S. Citizenship.

Moderator: Lawrence Benito, CEO, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

James Choca, Professor of Psychology (Cuba); Kyong Mee Choi, Associate Professor of Music Composition (South Korea); Jin-Ah Kim, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education (South Korea); Svetozar Minkov, Associate Professor of Philosophy (Bulgaria); Bedrija Nicocevic, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences (Bosnia); Wilfredo Urbina Romero, Associate Professor of Mathematics (Venezuela); Cornelius Watson, Associate Professor of Biology (Jamaica).

The American Dream & Politics (4:15-5:45pm)

Professors from eight different academic departments bring their disciplinary perspectives to a lively discussion of the November 2016 election and then invite the audience to comment.

Moderator: David Faris, Department of Political Science

Discussants: Leon Bailey, Sociology; Mike Bryson, Humanities and Sustainability Studies; Paul Green, Policy Studies and Director, Institute for Politics; Marjorie Jolles, Women’s and Gender Studies; June Lapidus, Economics; Charles Madigan, Journalism; Vicky McKinley Biology; Margaret Rung, History and Director, Center for New Deal Studies

Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt community mourns the untimely passing of Professor Paul Green this past Saturday. Dr. Green was a widely respected and nationally known political commentator, author, and scholar. His trenchant humor and quick wit enlivened every conversation he was part of, and his presence will be sorely missed on the faculty panel this afternoon on the current presidential election.

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