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UCR to Host Immigration Roundtable

UCR to Host Immigration Roundtable

May 28 discussion will examine race, immigration and public policy.

(May 20, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Respected scholars of immigration will convene for a “Roundtable on Race, Immigration and Public Policy” at UC Riverside on Wednesday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Humanities and Social Sciences 1500.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

The roundtable, part of the Paul and Diane Garrett Public Policy Seminar Series, will feature scholars with both university and policy affiliations discussing aspects of their research that touch upon questions of citizenship, identity, public benefits and local government policies. They are:

Vanesa Estrada, assistant professor of sociology at UCR and postdoctoral fellow in population studies at RAND Corp.

Tomás Jiménez, assistant professor of sociology at UCSD and fellow at the New America Foundation.

Max Neiman, associate director and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and UCR professor of political science, emeritus.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, assistant professor of political science at UCR and adjunct fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

The roundtable moderator is Shaun Bowler, professor and chair of the UCR Department of Political Science.

Policies related to immigration and immigrants have been politically contentious for the past few years, Ramakrishnan said.

“What is often missing, however, is a detailed policy discussion that recognizes the complexity of the issue, and that is based on sound social science,” he said.

The roundtable brings experts on the politics, sociology and economics of immigration to debate and discuss the critical policy issues that need to be addressed on immigration, said Anil Deolalikar, professor of economics and director of the Public Policy Initiative.

“Immigration is not only a hot-button issue in this election year but is also a tremendously vital topic for California's future,” he said.

The seminar series at UCR, now in its third year, seeks to inform faculty and students on timely policy issues affecting southern California by bringing eminent policy practitioners and researchers working on these policy issues to campus, Since last year, the series has been generously supported by Paul and Diane Garrett, and has been renamed the Paul and Diane Garrett Public Policy Seminar Series.

The Public Policy Initiative is planning a series of roundtables next year on similar hot-button issues that are important to California's future, Deolalikar said.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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