'Conversations from Penn State' to feature immigrant rights expert

University Park, Pa. -- The United States is a country of immigrants -- it’s a thought that has often been forgotten in society. From sympathy and acceptance, to fear and rejection, attitudes and policies regarding immigration have vacillated throughout our nation’s history. Today, as people continue to both legally and illegally immigrate to the United States, the controversial debate surrounding the issue continues. In the next episode of “Conversations from Penn State,” immigrant and minority rights expert Victor Romero will discuss 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.”

The show will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, on WPSU-TV. It will air on the Big Ten Network in December.

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 is also the author of Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America and co-editor of the anthology, Immigration and the Constitution.

The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu.

"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 November 18, 2010