MESA, Arizona -- Sept. 18, 2019 -- The public is invited to join the MCC college community for a free FRANK Talk at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Library of the MCC Southern and Dobson Campus (1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa). Freelance geographer Scott Warren leads the talk on borders, walls and immigration.
“The goal of programs like FRANK Talks is to inspire people to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues affecting our communities,” shared Jill Lassen, library intern. “Our hope is that the Library will serve as a safe space for an interactive conversation that will help attendees view the topic from fresh perspectives.”
Immigration is one of the most divisive issues facing our country and our state. Who comes in and out of the U.S., and how? Do current immigration laws effectively promote national security and economic prosperity, without compromising human and civil rights? In Arizona, border security and immigration policies are more than media and political talking points. They shape our everyday lives, and the land and people that live here in complex ways.
FRANK Talks is an interactive community conversation program from Arizona Humanities in partnership with the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance. FRANK Talks encourage participants to weigh facts, provide the opportunity to put them in context, and consider different points of view. Learn more about FRANK Talks at azhumanities.org.
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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, 480-461-7892 or email@example.com
Scott Warren is a cultural geographer who lives in Ajo, Arizona. As an academic geographer, Warren researches and teaches about the intersection of people and place at the Mexico-U.S. border. He works to bring the experiences of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands into his classrooms, while at the same time getting his students out of the classroom and into the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.
Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at mesacc.edu.
Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
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