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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

Citizenship in a Divided America


Mary Romero, Ph.D. - Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University


Renee Sentilles, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University


Joseph White, Ph.D. - Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University
Friday April 8, 2016
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University


Dear Colleagues:

For the Friday Lunch this week, we are taking advantage of the visit to campus, as ACES+ Distinguished Lecturer, of Professor Mary Romero of Arizona State University. One of Professor Romero's lines of research involves discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, and the effects of campaigns against illegal immigration in particular.

Lady Liberty, according to the poem at her base, is the "Mother of Exiles," greeting the "huddled masses, yearning to breathe free." The United States, however, has alternated welcome and rejection, with certain groups at any time being especially unwelcome. Anti-immigrant movements always raise fears that immigrants will not know how to be good American citizens. And, as Professor Romero argues, campaigns against immigration can shade into discrimination against citizens who look like the feared immigrants.

But is there is a vision of citizenship that can thrive with porous borders? An approach to enforcement that can avoid discrimination? Do the Americans who yearn for Donald Trump's "Great, Great Wall" and those who support President Obama's "Dream Act" even have the same vision of America, and citizenship? We have asked Professor Romero to introduce her own perspective on citizenship issues at present but, to widen the discussion and perhaps pose more issues, she will be joined by two of our own faculty, who bring their own different perspectives to the topic. We hope the result will be a lively discussion that will illuminate aspects of the current politics of immigration and social diversity which can help us understand the nation's divisions.

Professor Romero's visit is co-sponsored by ACES+, the Women's and Gender studies Program, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Ethnic Studies Program, the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, the Social Justice Institute, the Center for Policy Studies, the School of Law, and the Department of Sociology.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies


About Our Guests

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. In 2009 she received the American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Founders' Award. In 2004 Professor Romero received the Society for the Study of Social Problems Lee Founders' Award for her career of activist scholarship. In 2000-01 she held a Pew National Fellowship of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 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 non-citizens.

Renee Sentilles specializes in nineteenth-century cultural history, American women’s history, the history of childhood, girlhood studies, gender studies, and the American West. She teaches a wide range of courses in American history, including women’s history, western history, history of childhood, gender and sexuality, major books, nineteenth-century America, and biography.

Aside from serving as moderator for the Friday Public Affairs Lunch discussions and holding the official positions listed above, Joe White has a secondary appointment as Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He teaches courses in U.S. politics including the presidency and interest groups, and public policy including the policy-making process, health care politics and policy, and the federal budget.


Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our programs are open to all and no registration is required. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.

Schedule of Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

April 15: Money, Happiness, and Redistribution. With David Clingingsmith, Associate Professor of Economics. ***Alternate Location: Baker-Nord Center, Room 206, Clark Hall***

April 22: The Obama Administration and the Future of U.S. Manufacturing. With Susan Helper, Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics and, former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce.
April 4, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Thirty Four Miles from Kent State: CWRU and the Vietnam War

The Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture - a discussion with John J. Grabowski, Ph.D., Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History, Department of History at Case Western Reserve University and the Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Friday April 8, 2016, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH. This program is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

While not Berkeley or Columbia, Case Western Reserve University became a visible part of American campus unrest in May 1970 when students blocked traffic on Euclid Avenue in the wake of the shootings at nearby Kent State University. This incident and the student strike that followed serve as the center points of what some remember as a brief campus flirtation with radical protest. Yet, the story of change and protest at CWRU is much deeper. In this presentation John Grabowski examines what happened at CWRU in the 1960s and early 1970s during the time of an unpopular war, a recent federation of two academic traditions, and unrest, violence, and poverty in the neighborhoods adjacent to the campus.

Professor John J. Grabowski’s interests and research span the fields of public and academic history. He specializes in the areas of immigration and ethnicity; local (Cleveland) urban history;and public history, particularly the fields of archives and museums. In addition to his teaching for CWRU and positions with the Historical Society, Professor Grabowski also oversees the World Wide Web edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History/Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, a joint project of Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.


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