September 15 , 2006

Homecoming Lecture To Feature Immigration
Expert Hernandez

"... A passionate defender of the civil rights of immigrants, Hernandez was named Humanitarian Man of 2001 by Latin Trade Magazine, and that same year Hispanic Business Magazine identified him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U. S...."

Dr. Juan HernandezNoted immigration expert Dr. Juan Hernandez will address both the challenges and the opportunities presented by the movement of workers across the U. S.-Mexico border onOctober 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Samford's Leslie Wright Center. The event, open to the public and free-of-charge, is part of Samford's J. Roderick Davis Lecture Series and also will serve as an academic component of the University's Homecoming and presidential inauguration celebrations.

Each year, the Davis Lecture Series seeks to bring to Samford public intellectuals who are addressing issues of pressing national or international concern. Hernandez is the first U.S.-born citizen to hold a cabinet position in the Mexican government. Since his 2001 appointment as director of Mexico's Office for Mexicans Abroad, which served the interests of more than 24 million Mexicans living in foreign countries, Hernandez has emerged as a leading expert on Mexico-U.S. relations.

A passionate defender of the civil rights of immigrants, Hernandez was named Humanitarian Man of 2001 by Latin Trade Magazine, and that same year Hispanic Business Magazine identified him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U. S. He is the founding director of the Center for U. S.-Mexico Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas, and he now heads HispanA-The Organization for Hispanic Advancement.

In his recent book, The New American Pioneers: Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?, Hernandez urges America to rethink its relationship to its southern neighbor and to embrace controlled immigration as necessary to the overall economic and cultural health of both nations. In addition to appearances on Nightline, MSNBC, and NPR, Hernandez is a regular contributor to Univisión, CNN and Fox News.

Born in Texas of a Mexican father and American mother, Hernandez holds dual citizenship in both countries. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Texas Christian University.

For more information about the J. Roderick Davis Lecture, contact Chris Metress at (205) 726-2192.

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