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Immigration and migration discussions to be held this month at UNI

January 21, 2011

Mark Grey, director, Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, 319-273-6496,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host lectures regarding immigration and migration. The first, presented by Michele Devlin, UNI professor of health, physical education and leisure services, is titled "Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: The Case of Haiti One Year after the Earthquake." The lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME).In the second event, Mark Grey will lecture and lead a discussion based on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31, in the social hall at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center on West 23rd Street in Cedar Falls.

Devlin's lecture will focus on her work in Haiti as a volunteer with the International Red Cross. She will explain her work in Haiti and facilitate a discussion on the growing problem of internally displaced populations due to global urbanization, mass human density and disasters.

During the discussion on the DREAM Act, students are encouraged to bring their own ideas and opinions on the law and participate in an open, civil discussion with people of all backgrounds.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Grey, director, Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration, at 319-273-6496 or