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MPR broadcasts St. Olaf panel discussion on immigration

Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri (left) moderates a discussion between Peter Beinart, John Judis, and Ana Navarro on immigration and assimilation/incorporation held on campus April 16.

Minnesota Public Radio will air the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community’s panel discussion on “The Question of Assimilation/Incorporation in 21st Century America.”

The “MPR News Presents” program will broadcast the lecture Tuesday, May 21, 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 Peter Beinart, John Judis, and Ana Navarro. It is part of the Institute’s 2019 spring series, Who Is My Neighbor? Immigration, Freedom, and Community.

MPR notes that during the event, which was held on campus April 16, panelists offered their take on several important questions surrounding immigration: “How important is the idea of national unity or common identity? And how important is it for immigrants to bring ā€” and share ā€” some of their cultural identity and language?”

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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