Panel discussion April 25 to focus on immigration debate

Author: Arts and Letters


A panel discussion titled “The Immigration Debate: Issues and Prospects” will be held at 5:30p.m. Tuesday (April 25) in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the event will serve as an open forum on legislative initiatives and the possibility for immigration reform.

Panelists are:

* Allert Brown-Gort is the associate director of the ILS and a fellow of the Kellogg Institute. A native of Mexico, Brown-Gort formerly served as deputy director of the North American Public Policy Studies Program at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and headed the Latin American Initiative of the Conservation Education Programs at Columbia University. He has written extensively, including opinion pieces in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Indianapolis Star, on immigration policy and the proposed guest worker program.

* Timothy Ready, director of research for the ILS, has researched and written extensively about Latino health and education issues. He and Brown-Gort are co-authors of a recent ILS report titled “The State of Latino Chicago: This is Home Now.” Ready has served in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., and as assistant vice president for the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he directed a 10-year national campaign to increase racial and ethnic diversity in U.S. medical schools.

* Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology and director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture in the ILS, is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Father Groody has been studying Mexican immigration for more than 15 years and has lived and worked among immigrants in various parts of Latin America, especially along the U.S.-Mexican border. He is the author of “Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit,” and writer/director of the documentary “Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey,” which emphasizes the “human face” and theological dimensions of immigration.

* Karen Richman, assistant professor of anthropology and a faculty fellow in the ILS and Kellogg Institute, is a cultural anthropologist who studies religion, migration, transnationalism, performance, gender, production and consumption. She has conducted ethnographic research on Mexican immigrants in the U.S. and worked as an advocate for immigrants and migrant farm workers.

* Rodolfo Monterrosa, a local attorney who specializes in criminal and immigration law, serves part time as one of two bilingual deputy public defenders for St. Joseph County. The son of immigrant parents, he received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2001.

Contact: Carmen Macharaschwili, Institute for Latino Studies, 574-631-3747,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on April 21, 2006.