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Lecture Series To Examine National Identity, Immigration

August 26, 2008

Series Contact:
Gregory Domin

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON — Mercer University’s 10th Annual College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series, which begins in September, will center on the theme of “National Identity and the Future of Democracy: Immigration and its Consequences.” The Department of Political Science is sponsoring the six-lecture series, which will feature professors from inside and outside of Mercer speaking on a diverse array of topics related to the theme. 

All six events are free and open to the public.

“This series is timely on a number of fronts, as we face issues of globalization, immigration and assimilation, while also continuing to develop our American national identity,” said Gregory Domin, associate professor of political science and event organizer. “So this series is meant to focus on awareness of those issues by presenting it across disciplines in the University, from science to politics to social policy to religion. From the breadth of topics we have slated, we hope this will be an exciting and timely series.”

Fall 2008
All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in MUB 110 (Choir Rehearsal Room, McCorkle Music Building).

“Going Global...Linguistically that is: the Case of Spanish”
Sept. 17 - Oscar Moreno, professor of linguistics at Georgia State University

“Openness, Economic Freedom, and the Wealth of Nations”
Oct. 15 - Scott Beaulier, assistant professor of economics in Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

“We are not the Borg: Immigration and Assimilation in Recent American History”
Nov. 19 - Tom Scott, professor of history in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts

Spring 2009
All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in MUB 110 (Choir Rehearsal Room, McCorkle Music Building).

“Not in my Backyard: Should Immigration to the U.S. be Curtailed?”
Feb. 11 - Gregory Domin, associate professor of political science in Mercer’s College of
Liberal Arts

“The Legal Dimensions of Immigration”
March 18 - Mark Jones, professor of law at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law

“Art, American Style? The Continuing Influence of Immigration on Art in the U.S.”
April 15 - Beth Stewart, professor of art in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts

About Mercer University:
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