E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer to address agriculture, immigration

12 Sep

The Auburn University College of Agriculture will launch its 2013-14 E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer series Monday, Sept. 23, when Philip Martin of the University of California, Davis delivers the fall lecture, “Agriculture and Immigration: What’s Next?” Martin will speak at 7 p.m. in the Auburn University Student Center Ballroom.

“Labor and immigration policies are of great importance in the agricultural sector,” said Paul Patterson, the college’s associate dean for instruction and chair of the York Lecturer speaker selection committee. “Alabama has enacted its own immigration laws, and immigration reform has been the topic of recent contentious debate in Washington. It’s a crucially important topic that needs to be discussed by the public and policymakers.”

Martin’s selection as guest speaker also coincides with Auburn’s 2013-14 Common Book program, which features “Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy” by award-winning journalist John Bowe.

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