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MPR broadcasts St. Olaf panel discussion on immigration

Minnesota Public Radio will air the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community’s recent panel discussion on “The Immigration Trilemma: Local Sovereignty, Freedom of Movement, and the Global Community.”

The “MPR News Presents” program will broadcast the lecture Thursday, March 7, at noon and 9 p.m. Listeners can hear the broadcast live or listen to the archive on the MPR News broadcast web page.

The discussion, which was moderated by Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri, featured scholars Jason Brennan, Natalia Molina, and Jan Ting. It is part of the Institute’s 2019 spring series, Who Is My Neighbor? Immigration, Freedom, and Community.

Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri (far left) moderated the panel discussion, which featured scholars (from left) Jason Brennan of Georgetown University, Natalia Molina of the University of Southern California, and Jan Ting of Temple University.

Brennan made economic and moral arguments for freedom of movement and open borders; Molina shared the history of race in U.S. immigration policies and laws; and Ting argued for immigration limits — but with more equity.

Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. Through its range of programming for students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of the liberal arts.

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