Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Making Sense of Immigration Reform and Its Local Impact, Panel April 6

Chestertown, MD, March 29, 2006 — Washington College's Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, the Sigma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Washington College Spanish Club, and the Campus Events and Visitors Committee present the panel discussion "Making Sense of Immigration Reform: Law, Politics, and the Eastern Shore," Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the College's Wingate Lecture Hall, Goldstein 100. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Panelists Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Timothy Dunn, and Neda Biggs will discuss immigration reform, from current legislative proposals to the implications of changes in the law for the Eastern Shore's immigrant communities. Bringing academic, policy, and legal backgrounds to this forum, as well as integrating national, regional, and local perspectives, the panelists will shed light on the competing interests, proposed legislative solutions, and the stakes for local communities that are involved in this contentious and timely issue.

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is a Senior Policy Associate/Counsel with the National Immigration Forum and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law at American University, Washington, DC. Tim Dunn is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University. Neda Biggs is an attorney, counselor, mediator, and interpreter who serves as the director of the Latino Crime Victim Advocacy program at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, Delaware, and is founder and coordinator of the Latino Immigrant Victim Subcommittee of Delaware's Victims' Rights Task Force.

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