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September 5, 2012

Experts to speak on immigration and the 2012 election

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Immigration and the 2012 election is the topic for a political science roundtable on Sept. 20 at Purdue University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is 7-8:30 p.m. in Lynn Hall, Room 1136. A reception will follow the "Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium" event, which also marks the launch of a new political science academic journal, Politics, Groups and Identities, that will be edited at Purdue.

The nonpartisan panel discussion will explore how currents of race, ethnicity, class and gender shape the issue of immigration and how the issue is likely to affect, and be affected by, the November elections. 

The speakers include:

* Lisa García Bedolla, an associate professor of social and cultural studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and chair of Berkeley's Center for Latino Policy Research. She is author of "Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity and Politics in Los Angeles."

* Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and studies civic participation, immigration policy and the politics of race, ethnicity and immigration in the United States.

* Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, a senior lecturer at the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on the representation of black interests in Congress as well as minority agenda-setting on the national level.

* Niambi Carter, an assistant professor of African American Studies at Temple University. Her research focuses on African-American politics and the politics of race in the United States.

* James McCann, Purdue professor of political science, will moderate the event. McCann, who is the lead co-editor of the new journal Politics, Groups and Identities, studies public opinion, participation, political parties and representation, both in the United States and abroad.

The event is sponsored by Purdue's Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, the Discovery Park Lecture Series, Global Policy Research Institute, the Office of the Provost, the Department of Political Science and Pi Sigma Alpha. More information about the event is available at http://www.priec2012.com/roundtable.html

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: James McCann, 765-494-0738, mccannj@purdue.edu