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October 2007

Release Date: October 1, 2007

ASU Holland Symposium to Tackle Immigration Issues

The topics of immigration and current U.S. immigration policies will be explored by two noted scholars during the 2007 E. James Holland Symposium on American Values Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30, at Angelo State University.

Dr. Katherine Donato, professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Jorge Durand, professor of anthropology at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, will examine the reality of immigration in America today and discuss what positive steps can be made to create practical, useful public policy.

The two speakers will focus on the theme “Immigration in America: Building Policy Through History” during public and classroom presentations. Durand’s lecture, to be delivered at 2 p.m. Oct. 29, will center on the current and historical policies of the United States regarding Mexican immigration, as well as the patterns and trends in Mexican migration to the U.S. over the past several decades. Donato will examine the social, industrial and familial impacts of immigration, particularly emphasizing rural America, in her lecture at 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

Both scholars will also participate in a panel discussion on immigration and policy at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The lectures and panel discussion are open free to the public in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the ASU Houston Harte University Center.

The two-day symposium, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, is the central event in a broader program of related activities, including class visits by the featured presenters, a video production of the symposium itself and a creative contest with cash awards for students.

Donato has been at Vanderbilt since 2006 following seven years in the Sociology Department at Rice University. Since 1996 she has been a principal investigator on the project “Health Consequence of Mexican Migration to the United States (MexMaH)” that analyzes the symbiotic impacts of health and migration over the life course of immigrants. The project, supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and in close collaboration with El Colegio de San Luis in Mexico, has collected data from approximately 2,000 Mexican families on both sides of the border.

Donato’s other work is supported by a number of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. She has authored over 50 published articles and book chapters and 60 conference presentations. She has also delivered over 30 invited addresses to a variety of audiences.

Durand is co-director of the Mexican Migration Project and the Latin American Migration Project. He is also a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has been studying and writing about Mexican migration to the United States for the last 20 years.

Durand’s best-known works are “Beyond Smoke and Mirrors” and “Crossing the Border: Research from the Mexican Migration Project,” considered to be landmark publications in the field. He has also written “M�s all� de la l�nea,” “Miracles on the Border,” “La experiencia migrante” and “Clandestinos: Migraci�n mexicana en los albores del siglo XX.”

Since its inception, the Holland Symposium has brought more than 50 nationally prominent scholars, academicians and policy-makers to the ASU campus to discuss issues relevant to changes in American society. In 2003, the symposium was named in honor of Dr. E. James Holland, who served 34 years as dean of ASU’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts until his 2003 retirement.

The symposium steering committee is chaired by Dr. Kraig Schell and co-chaired by Dr. William Montgomery, both of the psychology faculty. Committee members and their departments are Dr. Dennis Pate, history; Dr. Kevin Lambert, dean, College of Liberal and Fine Arts; Dr. David Bixler, physics; Dr. John C. "Trey" Smith, mathematics; Dr. William McKinney, accounting, economics and finance; Dr. Nancy Allen, English; Dr. Tom Badgett, marketing; Dr. Charles Allen, physics; Dr. Kathleen Price, kinesiology; Dr. Chris Ellery, English; Ralph (Randy) Hall, art; Dr. John Glassford, government; Patricia Turner, communication; and Rick Greig, student involvement.

For more information, contact Dr. Kraig Schell at 942-2068, Ext. 243, or visit the Holland Symposium website at www.angelo.edu/events/university_symposium/.