WORCESTER, MA— Kevin R. Johnson, a noted international expert on immigration, race and civil rights law, will deliver a Drapos Memorial Lecture “Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Clark University’s Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street, Worcester.
The Alex Drapos Memorial Lecture Series is a program of free, public lectures concerning law and American society, established by the Fallon Clinic Foundation, in memory of Alexander Drapos, former Clark University alumnus and Trustee, and Fallon Clinic Foundation Trustee.
This lecture is also part of the ongoing President’s Lecture Series.
Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California—Davis School of Law. He is the author of several books, including “Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Border and Immigration Laws” (NYU Press 2007) and “Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Litigating for Social Change” (Carolina Academic Press 2009).
President Barack Obama’s pledge to make immigration reform a priority has fueled debate throughout the country. Johnson, a noted international expert on immigration, race and civil rights law, offers a fresh vision of how U.S. borders might be reconfigured – a vision grounded in moral, economic, and policy arguments for open borders.
This event is also part of the University’s observance of Constitution Day. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, call 508-793-7320.