Mercer to Host Panel Discussion on Current Issues in U.S. Immigration Policy

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MACON – Mercer University’s Office of Campus Life will host a panel discussion, titled “Crisis on the Border: Current Issues in U.S. Immigration Policy,” Sept. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. in Willingham Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“The panel will consider immigration, in particular what is happening at the border, through varying points of view and lenses,” said Carrie Ingoldsby, director of campus life and student involvement. “I am hopeful this event will allow for thoughtful dialogue around an extremely controversial and emotional topic in this country.”

The panel will include Dr. Eimad Houry, Scott Titshaw, Dr. Tanya Sharon, Dr. David Gushee and Dr. Antonio Saravia.

Dr. Houry is professor and chair of the International and Global Studies Department in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts. His teaching and research interests include international relations, comparative politics, economic development and Middle East political economy, and he has taught courses on political theory, politics of developing countries, international political economy and principals of international law, among many other topics.

Titshaw is associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor at Mercer Law School. He has taught in area such as property, sexuality and the law, migration problems and policy, immigration practice, international business transactions and real estate transactions, and he has written extensively on immigration law, comparative law and legal issues concerning sexual minorities.

Dr. Sharon is professor of psychology in Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts. Her teaching and research interests include child and adolescent development, lifespan development and cross-cultural psychology, and her current research explores development among young adults, with a focus on identity and moral development in different cultural contexts.

Dr. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of Mercer’s Center for Theology and Public Life. Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Christian ethicists, he has written about and been involved in activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God’s creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families.

Dr. Saravia is associate professor of economics and director of the BB&T Center for Research in Public Policy and Capitalism in Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. His teaching and research interests include institutional economics, political economy and the foundations of capitalism and economic freedom.

The panel will begin with discussion for approximately 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session for the remainder of the event.