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Miguel De La Torre: “Why We Come: Rethinking Our Immigration Crisis”

August 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The current immigration crisis on our southern borders has little to do with migrants seeking a better life. Its causes can be traced to the 1840s. Dr. De La Torre is an immigrant—once an undocumented immigrant—because of U.S. domestic and foreign beliefs and policies, from Manifest Destiny to Gunboat Diplomacy. Because we fail to recognize the causes of our current immigration crises, we fail to develop proper ethical and moral solutions.

Dr. Miguel De La Torre focuses his academic pursuits on social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically on how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He is the recipient of the 2020 American Academy of Religion’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2021 Martin E. Marty Public Understanding of Religion Award. Dr. De La Torre is Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He wrote the screenplay for the award-winning documentary film, Trials of Hope and Terror. A Fulbright scholar, he has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Germany, and has authored over 100 articles and published 41 books (five of which won national awards). Dr. De La Torre served as the 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics, as Director of the American Academy of Religion, and sat on the editorial board of the Academy’s Journal, as well as having been Co-founder and Executive Director of the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, and founding editor of the Society’s Journal

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Notice: Only fully-vaccinated Society members are invited to attend in-person at this time.

Presider: Monica Weiss

Shared Charity: Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.

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August 15, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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