Back-to-back episodes of 'Conversations from Penn State' to air on BTN

Two new episodes of “Conversations from Penn State” will air back-to-back on the Big Ten Network on Monday, Dec. 13. The episodes, which will include guests Victor Romero and Mary Burke, will air at noon and 12:30 p.m. “Conversations from Penn State: Mary Burke” also will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, on WPSU-TV. The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu/ online.

In the first of the two episodes, immigrant and minority rights expert Victor Romero discusses the impact of race and immigration on our society, and how the current situation can be improved.

“I think the reason that we tend to think of immigrants as being different is because we tend not to think about them as being us, or we tend not to think about them as being part of our story,” said Romero. “But the idea of immigration is an American story, and at heart, we are all people who really need to try to make lives better for ourselves.”

In the second episode, activist Mary Burke addresses the causes, misconceptions and prevention of human trafficking on international, national and individual levels.

“When you think about basic human rights, human slavery is an absolute violation,” said Burke. “In my mind, especially in cases of sex trafficking, it should be identified as the most important social justice issue of our time.”

Romero is the Maureen B. Cavanaugh distinguished faculty scholar and a professor of law at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. Romero’s teaching and research is focused on immigrant and minority rights. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the past president of both the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACLU and the NAACP of the Greater Carlisle Area. He also is the author of "Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America and co-editor of the anthology, Immigration and the Constitution.

Burke is the director of training for the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. Her teaching and research is focused on theories of counseling, clinical techniques, and the mental wellness of underserved groups. As an activist, Burke is a co-founder and executive director of the Project to End Human Trafficking. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Johns Hopkins University and represents the Association for Women in Psychology on the United Nations Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Mental Health.

"Conversations from Penn State" is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention. For more than 20 years, Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, Satalia approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

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Katelynn Levanduski

Last Updated March 21, 2011