Speaker to discuss U.S. immigration policy

Aviva Chomsky

Aviva Chomsky

St. Scholastica will host activist, author and professor Aviva Chomsky, who will speak on the theme of "Justice and U.S. Immigration Policy," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the Mitchell Auditorium. The free presentation is part of the Alworth Peace and Justice Lecture Series.

Chomsky is a professor of history and is coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

She worked for the United Farm Workers in the 1970s, an experience that sparked her interest in migrant workers, labor history, and the effect of global economic forces on individuals. Her books include "Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class," "A History of the Cuban Revolution," and "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal."

The theme for this year's Peace and Justice lecture series is "Voices of America." The Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government, providing radio and TV in English and a number of other languages. The VOA Charter says that the picture it paints of America is "accurate, objective and comprehensive." However, some scholars and commentators believe that this picture is not always accurate or truly representative of the diversity of voices that make up this country. The 2016-17 Alworth lecture series allows for some of these other voices to be heard.

This year's lecture series concludes Thursday, March 30 with "The State of Native Nations" with Karen Diver.