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Three special discussions to address citizen rights, social activism, and immigration

Three special discussions to address citizen rights, social activism, and immigration

Loyola is hosting a series of special discussions on topics of current interest including citizen rights, social activism, and immigration. The events—which will be led by faculty, staff, and students—will be held at the Lake Shore Campus in March and April. Please see below for details and click on the titles for more information about each event.

The Role of Free Speech and Free Press in a Democratic Society
Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 21, 3–4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Damen Den


  • Michael Limón, Instructor, School of Communication; veteran journalist and editor


  • Grace Runkel, editor-in-chief of The Loyola Phoenix student newspaper
  • Alexander Tsesis, Raymond & Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law and Professor in the School of Law
  • Bastiaan Vanacker, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy
  • Don Wycliff, Distinguished Journalist in Residence, School of Communication; former editor at The New York Times and Chicago Tribune

Social Movements in the U.S.: Lessons Learned
Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 6, 3–4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Damen Den


  • Twyla Blackmond Larnell, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Michelle Nickerson, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Matthew Williams, Lecturer, Department of Sociology
  • Rhys Williams, Professor, Department of Sociology

Shifting Sands: The History of Mexican Immigration into the U.S.
Wednesday, April 19, 3–4:30 p.m.
Crown Center, Auditorium


  • Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Elizabeth Lozano, Associate Professor, School of Communication
  • Paige Gardner, Assistant Director, Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs