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Immigration Reform Is Lecture Topic at Susquehanna University

Published on March 8, 2011

SELINSGROVE—Harvard University professor and journalist Edward Schumacher-Matos will discuss “Immigration Reform: Truths, Myths, and Politics” on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Sponsored by Susquehanna’s Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society, his talk will be the keynote address for the 16th annual Susquehanna University Latino Symposium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

An immigrant himself, Schumacher-Matos is director of the Harvard Inter-Faculty Initiative on Immigration and Integration Policy and Studies. He is the Robert F. Kennedy visiting professor for Latin American studies at Harvard and a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches a graduate seminar on immigration from Latin America into the United States. He is writing a book on the subject.

Born in Colombia, Schumacher-Matos lived in the United States illegally from age 14 until age 21, when he declared his citizenship and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in international economics and politics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was a Fulbright fellow in Japan and a Bi-national Commission fellow in Spain. He also served as the executive director of the Spanish Institute in New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultural, political and economic affairs between the United States and Spain.

Schumacher-Matos also boasts more than 25 years of journalism experience. A member of the Pulitzer Prize–winning team for public service at the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1979, he went on to found several newspapers of his own. He was the founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Americas, a section of The Wall Street Journal in Spanish and Portuguese that is distributed throughout Latin America. In 2003, he founded Rumbo Newspapers/Meximerica Media, a chain of four Spanish-language daily newspapers in Texas. He also draws from his own experiences to write a weekly column on national and international affairs in the journal Foreign Affairs.

Organized by Susquehanna’s Department of Modern Languages, the Latino Symposium is a multidisciplinary, multicultural event highlighting bicultural interaction on campus and in the surrounding community.

“The Adams Center Presents” series is a showcase for speakers of national and international stature confronting critical issues related to law and society. In addition to sponsoring high-profile speakers, the Adams Center provides a forum and research opportunities for examining issues that affect human rights and social responsibility, involve science and technology, or require constitutional interpretation.

Karen M. Jones

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