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Arizona’s Immigration Spectacle Topic of Talk

Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Dr. Mary Romero

Mary RomeroBethlehem, Pa., September 13, 2010—In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Moravian College will present a talk by Arizona State University Professor Mary Romero titled, “Racial Profiling, Vigilantes and America’s Toughest Sheriff: Arizona’s Immigration Spectacle as Ground Zero.” The talk will be held on Wednesday, September 15 from 7to 9 p.m. in the Snyder room of the Haupert Student Union Building (HUB) on Moravian’s Main Street Campus. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

Mary Romero is professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and Affiliate of Women and Gender Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, and African and African American Studies. She received the American Sociology American Section on Race and Ethnicity Minorities 2009 Founder's Award in recognition of career excellence in scholarship and service. Her research focuses on the unequal distribution of reproductive labor as a paid commodity and its role in reproducing inequality among families within countries and between nations. Her research also includes writings on social inequalities and justice that incorporate the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and citizenship and links the parallels between domestic gendered race relations and immigration and identifies the continuum between racism against citizens and racism against noncitizens. For more information, visit: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/86839.

First held in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. It annually begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

Professor Romero’s visit is sponsored by Moravian College organizations: IDEA (Instilling Diversity, Equality, and Awareness), Peace and Justice Studies, and Moravian Theological Seminary Diversity Committee, along with the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.