Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-05-02

Samford University's final "Courageous Conversations" event of the year will feature a panel discussion on the immigration topic "Invasion or Opportunity?" The event is May 8 at 4 p.m. in Brock Forum of Dwight Beeson Hall on the Samford campus.

Panelists include Michael Floyd, professor of law, Fred Shepherd, professor of political science, and Zayne Smith, immigrant policy fellow for the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. J. Mark Bateman, associate professor of education, will moderate.

The panel discussion is the last in a series of year-long events at Samford that have highlighted immigration issues in the state of Alabama. The May 8 event is cosponsored by the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, the Samford debate program, the Latin American Studies program, University Ministries and the student organizations College Democrats and College Republicans.

The forum, designed to "promote the civil discourse on difficult issues," will discuss three primary questions, according to Azalea Hulbert, Mann Center program manager: Do undocumented immigrants have rights? What has motivated recent state immigration laws? and Should Christians ever break the law.