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UWFox Hosts Discussion on Latin American Immigration

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a timely and informative panel discussion, “Crossing the Great Divide: Personal, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Latin American Immigration,” on Monday, November 5. The session is being held in the campus’ Student Union from noon to approximately 1:30 p.m.

A number of individuals have agreed to participate as panelists.

Marcelo Garcia was born in Ecuador and earned a degree in Speech Therapy from the University of Cuenca (Ecuador). He came to the United States in 1993 and became a citizen on January 20, 2004. He has been a volunteer for Centro Hispano and the Rainbow Bookstore in Madison. He is the President of the Madison Community of Cooperatives and of Casa Haspana (Appleton) and is a member of the Fox Valley Literacy Coalition. In addition to holding several positions within the local food service industry, Garcia has worked for the Neenah and Menasha School Districts as an English Language Learner paraprofessional.

Dr. Pete Brown is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he is also the Coordinator for Latin American Studies in the International Studies division.  He teaches in the areas of Economic and Historical Anthropology, globalization, Latin America, and Africa.  Professor Brown has most recently focused research in Chiapas, Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine.

Edwin F. Bush II is an attorney who provides a broad range of business-related legal services to local, national and international clients.  His areas of concentration include employment and immigration law. Bush is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, and advance the quality of immigration, nationality law and practice. He is also a member of the Employment, Business and International sections of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Ball State University and a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis.

Peter A. Geniesse is chairman of ESTHER (an interfaith justice ministry) immigration committee. He is a native of Green Bay, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a retired journalist (30 years in editor positions with The Post-Crescent), and an author of a book on Vietnamese refugees. He is a “Third World” traveler and bilingual. He served as a volunteer in Chile in the 1960’s, and worked as a news reporter from numerous Latin countries in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He is a frequent visitor to Mexico and the frontiers of the U.S. 

The presentation and panel discussion is free to the public, with open and unreserved seating. For more information about, “Across the Great Divide,” contact Jeff Kuepper, Senior Student Activities Coordinator, at 920-832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu.  Free parking is also available on the west side of the campus.

Posted 10/31/2007