The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College will host a conference on Thursday, May 10, on Latino politics and the rights of migrants. The conference, which is free and open to the community, will be held from 2-8 p.m. in the Music Building’s East Dining Room and feature leading scholars from across the country, as well as representatives of migrant organizations.
“In light of the immigrant rights protests that took place all over the country on May 1, and Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 Immigration Law, which is now on appeal and is being heard by the Supreme Court, and at a moment in U.S. history when undocumented immigrants are being deported by the thousands, this conference is quite timely and of upmost importance,” says Lehman Political Science Professor Alfonso Gonzales, who is coordinating the conference.
Delivering the keynote address will be a Lehman alumnus, Professor Ediberto Román of the Florida International University School of Law. A nationally acclaimed scholar and an award-winning educator, Professor Román has specialized in analyzing the construction and interpretation of constitutional law and immigration policy. A prolific writer, he has completed his second book, Those Damn Immigrants: America’s Hysteria Over Immigration, for NYU Press (2012). In 2011, he became a regular and featured columnist for The Huffington Post.
Other scholars from the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the University of California, Indiana University, and John Jay College will also speak at the conference, as well as leaders from migrant and student organizations in southern California, Arizona, New York, and elsewhere.