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Community Conversation on Immigration

The future of immigration in the U.S. was the subject of a community symposium in Lubbock, Texas, co-hosted by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico, Rational Middle Media, and the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication. The event also featured the screening of a short documentary film on immigration produced by Rational Middle Media.

The symposium, which was free and open to the public, was generously supported by a grant from the Center for Houston’s Future.


5:30 pm — Welcome and Introduction

Film Screening: Rational Middle of Immigration Series

5:40 pm — Introduction and Remarks 

5:50 pm — Video: The Golden Door: America’s Way Forward

6:10 pm — Panel: Immigration Outlook 

6:50 pm — Question and Answer Session 

7:00 pm — Closing Reception

Featured Speakers

Kent Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, Texas Tech University

Chris Lyon
Writer, and Producer, “Rational Middle” 


Rossy Evelin Lima, Ph.D.
Poet, Scholar and Activist, Texas Tech University

Chris Lyon
Writer and Producer, Rational Middle

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Center for the United States and Mexico Center, Baker Institute

David Strange, J.D. 
Immigration Attorney, Whittenberg & Strange P.C.

Moderator: Héctor Rendón, Ph.D., Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication, Texas Tech University


Mon, Oct. 14, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Texas Tech University
2625 15th St.
Lubbock, Texas

Matador Room, Student Union Building