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Center for Conflict Studies announces spring programs

Posted 03/20/17

Illustration of immigrants arriving at the Statue of LibertyAmerican immigration policy, in the past as well as today, will be the focus of a panel talk Monday, March 27 sponsored by the Center for Conflict Studies at Fitchburg State University. The center’s spring offerings will also include a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes and a look at the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration.

“From Exclusion Acts to Executive Orders: Immigration and the U.S.” will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 27 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. The panel discussion will include faculty members Eric Boehme (Economics, History and Political Science) and Ben Railton (English Studies) along with Joana Dos Santos, director of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg. Admission is free and open to the public.

Portrait of Michael RezendesBoston Globe journalist Michael Rezendes will present “The Power of Journalism in a Perilous Age” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Randall Lecture Hall in the Antonucci Science Complex, 333 North St. Admission is free and open to the public.

An investigative reporter and political writer, Rezendes was a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team for nearly a decade and shared a Pulitzer Prize for investigating the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. He has probed a wide array of additional topics, including the September 11 attacks, prison suicides, healthcare costs, and the role of money in presidential politics.

President Donald J. TrumpThe center will present a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 1 on “President Trump’s First 100 Days: Looking Back, Looking Forward” at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. The panel will include faculty members Eric Budd, Kate Jewell and Paul Weizer from the Economics, History and Political Science Department and faculty member Kyle Moody from the Communications Media Department. Admission is free and open to the public.

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