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Release Date: October 22, 2007

Immigration the Subject of ASU Holland Symposium

Two distinguished scholars will explore the topics of immigration and current U.S. immigration policies 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.

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Kraig Schell at 942-2068, Ext. 243, or visit the Holland Symposium website at

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