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Three-part lecture series to examine immigration issues

The Riley Institute® and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman University will open their StraightTalk Series with “Immigration Enforcement in a Post-9/11 America” Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30-8 p.m., in Shaw Hall of the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center on campus.

The discussion is the first in a three-part series titled “Who Gets to be American? Immigration and the Fight for America’s Future.”

The series continues Thursday, Sept. 6 with “Chasing the American Dream: The Economics of Immigration,” and Thursday, Sept. 13 with “The Changing Face of America: Impact on the 2018 Election and Beyond,” both at 6:30-8 p.m. in Shaw Hall of the Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center. The cost for all three sessions is $35 ($25 for OLLI members) or $15 per session. Registration is required.

Session one, “Immigration Enforcement in a Post-9/11 America,” features keynote speaker and former counsel for the Department of Homeland Security Stephen Legomsky. An authority on immigration law and policy, Legomsky has served as adviser to both Democratic and Republican administrations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and several foreign governments.

Following Legomsky’s remarks, the Hon. Neal Collins, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (R – Dist. 5, Pickens County), Furman Professor of Politics and International Affairs Akan Malici, and Sheriff-Elect of Mecklenburg County Garry McFadden will discuss the community and local impact of immigration enforcement.

The session will be moderated by Mark Quinn, veteran journalist and senior associate with the Riley Institute at Furman.

A detailed schedule of events for the series, along with speaker bios and registration information, is available at and by contacting OLLI at 864-294-2998.

Last updated August 5, 2022
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