This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Immigration has played a powerful role in American history, identity, and everyday life - a source of both rejuvenation and contention. Arizona's new law against illegal immigrants has re-energized the debate over badly needed reforms to an immigration and border system widely seen as broken, but the political climate makes it difficult for Congress to enact reform.
Four speakers (from various professions, e.g., professor, lawyer) will provide their perspectives on the history, myths, realities and proposals for comprehensive immigration reform. (It is possible that Osher members may have an opportunity to attend a session outside of class, hosted by the League of Women Voters, to hear Helen Thorpe, author of Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.)
Recommended Readings: Thorpe, Helen. Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, Scribner: 2009 (paperback 2011) ISBN 978-1-4165-3893-6. Chomsky, Aviva. They Take our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths about Immigration, Beacon Press: 2007, ISBN 978-08070-4156-7.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.