The World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts six speaking events each year, three in each the spring and fall.  During those seasons, come to this page to find information about each upcoming speaker, and the date and time of the event.

Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight: A Commonsense Look at Immigration

February 08, 2016 at 6:00 PM 
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Riverview Room - The Citadel


Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and Political Science professor at Boston College

The World Affairs Council of Charleston is pleased to present a special opportunity to attend an evening dinner talk with Dr. Peter Skerry, professor of political science at Boston College, on February 8, from 6:00-8:30 PM at the Riverview Room of the Citadel. Dr. Skerry will give an after-dinner talk on “Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight: A Commonsense Look at Immigration”. Attendees will meet from 6:00-6:45 for cocktails and conversation with the speaker, and a plated dinner will be served from 6:45-7:45. Dr. Skerry will address the audience for 30 minutes beginning at 7:15, and a question and answer session will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Citadel School of Humanities and Social Science and the Citadel Business School.

Please note, this event is not one of the six regular World Affairs Council of Charleston meetings.

Peter Skerry teaches American politics at Boston College and is senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.  He was co-director of the Dialogue on Islam in America at the American Enterprise Institute and served as co-director of the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable. He has also served on the board of UNO -- the United Neighborhood Organization -- a Chicago community organization that is one of the largest Latino charter-school operators in the country, with 16 sixteen schools serving over 7600 students.  He was a member of the Advisory Council on European/Transatlantic Issues at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, an affiliate of the German Green Party. Professor Skerry is the author of Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority and is currently completing, From the Brotherhood to the Neighborhood: Muslims in American Society and Politics.

Visit his personal webpage and further event information on WACC website.

Fee to attend the dinner is $40, payable by check to WACC. Please send to P.O. Box 21260, Charleston, SC 29413-1260.

Dinner includes drinks, salad, chicken entrée, sides, and dessert.

Please RSVP to [email protected] no later than January 25.

Payment in the form of a check must be received at P.O. Box 21260 by February 1 to confirm attendance.

Space at this event is limited, and spots will be allocated until the event is full.

For WACC members unable to attend the evening event, Dr. Skerry will give a talk open to the public on “Data on Mexican Migration” at 1:00 PM at a location TBD at the Citadel.

Please note, this event is not one of the six regular World Affairs Council of Charleston meetings.

“Data on Mexican Migration”

Mexican immigration to the US is a 100-year phenomenon and is of continuing importance today. Mexico is a country of 115 million people (10 times the size of Cuba and 3 times the size of Canada) and is the US’s 3rd largest trade partner behind Canada and China. Mexican editorialists and political leaders estimate that there are 38 million individuals of Mexican heritage in the US, and Mexico has 50 consulates in the US. Mexican-American leaders are arguably primus inter pares among the estimated 57 million Hispanics in the US. The US and Mexico share a 2,000 mile land border. What is the status of this important immigrant group today? Most national commentators focus on important economic and legal facets of immigration and give less attention to cultural facets of the phenomenon, sometimes leaving a vacuum to be filled by populists. Dr. Skerry will give comprehensive overview of trends in Mexican migration to the US based on the best available data and an assessment of the current state of Mexican immigrants in the US.

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$40.00 Member Ticket

$40.00 Non-Member Ticket