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December 1, 2010

Princeton sociologist to discuss changing attitudes toward immigrants Dec. 9

UW News

The increasing animosity against immigrants, particularly those from Mexico, has resulted in a series of harsh anti-immigration reforms over the past 30 years. These reforms, according to Doug Massey, a Princeton University sociologist, are causing Latinos to become the new American underclass.

Massey will address changing attitudes toward immigrants when he speaks at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 9, in Kane Hall. His lecture is the first in a three-part public lecture series focusing on the concept of diversity. Hosted by the Graduate School and the Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), with generous sponsorship by the Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Endowment, this public lecture series feature world-class speakers who will share their reflections on diversity in the United States.

Masseys lecture is dedicated to the legacy of Roberto Maestas, BA, 1966, MA 1971, founder of El Centro de La Raza and a leading advocate for social justice. Maestas, of Seattle, died in September at age 72. To register for the lecture, go to https://go.washington.edu/uwaa/events/2010mangels_massey/details.tcl.

The author of numerous books on race, ethnicity, segregation, immigration, stratification and urbanism, Masseys most recent book is Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times. He is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and received his doctorate in sociology from Princeton University in 1978 and completed postdoctoral work at Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley.

Massey serves as president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is past-president of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

The other Mangels lecturers are poet Elizabeth Alexander and astrophysicist Neil deGrass Tyson. Alexander, chair of African American Studies at Yale University and President Obamas inaugural poet, will address the prospect of a new conversation about race and culture in her lecture “Hearing America Singing: Multi-Vocal Cultures in America” at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 27 in Kane Hall 130.

Tysons lecture, “Adventures of an Astrophysicist,” will be at 6:30 p.m., May 12 in Kane Hall 130 and is presented in partnership with the Jessie and John Danz Endowed Lecture Series. Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, is looking forward to what the Obama space plan and the search for life can do to promote a thriving future of space exploration and transportation.

The Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Endowed Lecture Series was established in 1990 to honor the retirement of John D. Mangels, former chairman and CEO at Security Pacific Bank of Washington (now Bank of America). Administered by GO-MAP, the Mangels Lectureship, in cooperation with academic departments and programs, brings to the UW campus minority scholars or individuals whose work focuses on issues of diversity, from a variety of fields for the benefit of minority students, the campus community, and the general public.

GO-MAP has been an integral part of the University of Washington Graduate School for more than 40 years. Taking the lead on the recruitment and retention of minority graduate students, GO-MAP is nationally recognized for its unique and innovative efforts in mentoring, networking and professional development. Through experiences rich in cultural diversity, GO-MAP fosters an inclusive graduate community in which all students can learn and develop the skills to participate in academic, civic and professional endeavors.