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Journalist to Speak on Immigration at Campus Conference

April 15, 2015

Journalist Roberto Lovato will give the keynote address this week at “Blurring the Border: Deporting Denizens in the 21st Century,” an interdisciplinary conference on immigration, deportation and citizenship in the United States.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 17 and 18 in the California Room on campus. Lovato’s talk, “Immigration Reform is (Still) Dead: Time to Destroy the Deportation Nation,” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

Lovato has a crisis reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center and has written and spoken extensively on immigration and other critical national issues. He was featured in the PBS documentary, “Latinos ’08.”

The current deportation numbers are higher than they have ever been in the history of the United States,” said sociology Professor Tanya Golash-Boza, conference organizer and one of the conference’s featured speakers. “Roberto’s investigative reporting on immigration makes him an ideal speaker to frame our conference.”

The conference will gather interdisciplinary scholars conducting cutting-edge research on deportation and citizenship, with the goal of finding out what has led to the current climate of immigration policy in the U.S. and how societal views toward immigrants here will affect the future of the country.

For information, email Tanya Golash-Boza or visit the conference website.