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The Past and Future of Immigration

The past and future of immigration was the subject of a community symposium in Fort Worth, Texas, co-hosted by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico, Rational Middle Media, and Texas Christian University’s Department of Journalism and the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. The event also featured the screening of a short documentary film on immigration produced by Rational Middle Media.

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


6:00 p.m. — Reception

6:30 p.m. — Welcome and Introduction 

Film Screening: Rational Middle of Immigration Series

6:40 p.m. — Introduction and Remarks 

6:50 p.m. — Videos: “The Immigrant's Promise” and “DACA and the American Dream

7:10 p.m. — Panel: Immigration Outlook  

8:00 p.m. — Question and Answer Session 

8:30 p.m. — Adjourn

Featured Speakers

Kristie Bunton, Ph.D.
Dean, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Texas Christian University

Gregory Kallenberg
Director, Writer, and Producer, “Rational Middle”


Melita Garza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Texas Christian University

Adam Lampert
CEO, Manchester Place Care Homes
CEO, Cambridge Caregivers

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

Dianne Solis
Staff writer, Dallas Morning News

Moderator: Uche Onyebadi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Journalism, Texas Christian University


Wed, Oct. 23, 2019
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Texas Christian University
2901 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, Texas

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