GAMBIER — A panel including professors from Kenyon College and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University will tackle immigration “Myth Busting” on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to the panel and round-table discussion, which will take place at the Jetter School of Business, room 131, on the MVNU campus.
The educators will discuss public misconceptions about documented and undocumented immigrants in the United States. Kenyon students in the Legal Studies Seminar class that is examining comparative immigration and citizenship policy sparked the idea of the joint panel, in part to gain a Christian perspective on the issue, said Nikole Hotchkiss, Kenyon visiting assistant professor of legal studies and sociology.
“Whether because of sensationalizing, lobbying or convoluted government policies, the realities of the immigrant experience are often masked,” said Kenyon student Michael Reilly of Cromwell, Conn. “We hope that through this event we can provide an opportunity for people to be exposed to those realities from a variety of perspectives.”
Joining the panel from Kenyon are Ivonne Garcia, assistant professor of English; David Harrington, Robert J. Himmelright Professor of Economics; and Joseph Klesner, associate provost and professor of political science. On the panel from MVNU are Barbara Martinez, professor of Spanish; the Rev. Joe Noonen, assistant to the chaplain for mission and ministry opportunities; and David Skinner, professor of finance.
Transportation to the event for Kenyon students can be arranged by registering at a sign-up table in Peirce Hall on April 27-28.
Published on April 27, 2011