Heller's Zinner Lecture to tackle illegal immigration policies on March 11

Paul Solman '66 moderates debate between Steven Camerota and Rinku Sen

This year's Zinner Lecture will feature a lively debate on illegal immigration and alternative policy responses to the current system of regulations. "After the crossing: implications of alternative policy responses to illegal immigration" will feature Steven A. Camerota and Rinku Sen as debaters. Paul Solman '66 is the moderator.

The lecture will be held in the Zinner Forum, the Irving Schneider Family Building, Brandeis University, March 11 at 7 p.m. RSVP clombard@brandeis.edu.

Paul Solman began his career in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow, studying at the Harvard Business School in 1976. He has been the business reporter at WGBH Boston since 1977, and he has been a business, economics, and occasional art correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since 1985. Solman was named a member of TV Guide’s “Dream Team” of television reporters and was the co-originator and executive editor of PBS’s business documentary series, Enterprise.

His reporting for NewsHour has included a seven-part series on the rise of China and a four-part series on the business response to global warming. In 2007 he hosted a three-part series on globalization and its consequences. He is currently presenting a yearlong series exploring “America’s Response to Globalization” on NewsHour. The winner of several Emmy awards, Solman has taught media, finance, and business history in Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is the presenter for and author of Discovering Economics with Paul Solman, a series of videos distributed by McGraw-Hill. He is now the Brady-Johnson Visitor in Political Economy at Yale University.

Steven A. Camarota is director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia in public-policy analysis and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

In recent years he has testified before Congress more than any other nongovernment expert on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration. For a number of years he was the lead researcher on a contract with the Census Bureau examining the quality of immigrant data in the American Community Survey.

His research has been featured on the front pages of The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as many other media outlets. He has written academic articles for journals such as Public Interest and Social Science Quarterly. He appears frequently on radio and television news programs, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, National Public Radio, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Rinku Sen is president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think tank based in Oakland, California, and publisher of ColorLines magazine, which won the 2007 Utne Award for General Excellence. She has written extensively about immigration, community organizing, and women’s lives.

She is a board member of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and she is on the advisory board of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She was recognized by Ms. magazine as one of twenty-one feminists to watch in the twenty-first century in 1996, the same year that she received the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision award from the Ms. Foundation for Women. In 2008, Sen as named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Her latest book, The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization (Berrett-Koehler), was released in September 2008.

For information about the event, go to the Heller Web site.

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