AU hosts "Unity & Diversity" forum on topic of immigration

Tue, 2008-04-01 10:25 -- univcomm
April 1, 2008

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages is hosting a forum entitled "Unity & Diversity: Immigration in the 21st Century" in Hartung 101 on April 8 and 15.

The forum on April 8 will include a showing of the film Dying to Live at 5:30 p.m. The following Tuesday, on April 15 at 7:30, the forum will host a panel of three experts in Indiana immigration: Angela D. Adams, Dr. John Clark and Father Daniel Groody.

Both events are free, and open to the public.

"This forum intends to draw attention to and educate the public about an important and controversial issue of our time: immigration," said Dr. Jacoba Koene, chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.

Produced by the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at Notre Dame University, Dying to Live has received honors from the New Way Media Film Festival, World Huger Year, and the Australian International Film Festival.

"The film is produced by Father Daniel Groody of Notre Dame University, and he is also our featured speaker on the aspect of theology and immigration," said Koene.

The film takes a profound look at the human face of the immigrant. It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey. Drawing on the insights of Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, theologians, church and congressional leaders, activists, musicians and the immigrants themselves, this film exposes the places of conflict, pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of that struggle.

Koene said, "The panel of speakers will address the topic from three different perspectives: the legal aspects of immigration, the economic impact of immigration on Indiana, and a theological perspective on immigration. Each of the speakers is an expert in his or her area."

Angela D. Adams is an Associate in the Immigration group of Lewis & Kappes in Indianapolis. In her practice, she assists clients in the acquisition of family and employment based visas to enter the United States and in the resolution of general immigration issues. She is also appointed to the Indianapolis Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs. She will be sharing a legal perspective on immigration.

Dr. John Clark is a Senior Fellow at Sagamore Institute, where his research includes international security and the immigration of skilled workers into the United States. He is also an adjunct professor at IUPUI, teaches courses for Butler University and the FBI’s Midwest Counter terrorism Task force, and has written many articles discussing immigration’s impact on Indiana. He will be sharing an economic perspective on immigration.

Father Daniel Groody is Assistant Professor of Theology and Associate Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University. He is also an accomplished author and the producer of Dying to Live. He will be sharing a theological perspective on migration.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.