Immigration conference at college begins today

Students from across North America will gather at Mesa State College today and Saturday for the 2009 Four Corners Conference: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Immigration.

Mesa State Spanish professor Tom Acker created the conference, which will focus on social services, language, culture, national security, education, criminal justice, art, literature, and identity’s relationship to immigration.

The conference will open at 9 a.m. today with an opening ceremony, followed by sessions with moderators from 11 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., a tour of Colorado National Monument at 5 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, registration will begin at 8 a.m., and sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and a musical and dance performance with acts from Argentina, Columbia and El Salvador will start at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Moss Performing Arts Center. The performance is free.

A full schedule of events is available on the Mesa State Web site,

The general public can attend some or all of the conference for $20. Mesa State students, staff and faculty can attend for free.

Twenty colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Canada, Colorado, Costa Rica, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington will send students and professors to speak at or attend the conference.


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