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Indiana University Northwest announces Sept. 21 Diversity Programming event

‘Fugitive Slaves and Undocumented Aliens’

Albany Law School
Paul Finkelman, Ph.D, featured speaker for the Sept. 21 event entitled, ‘Fugitive Slaves and Undocumented Aliens: Is the Arizona Immigration a Replay of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?’

The first diversity-programming event of the semester will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. The presentation, entitled ‘Fugitive Slaves and Undocumented Aliens: Is the Arizona Immigration a Replay of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?’, will include a lecture and Q&A session by Paul Finkelman, Ph.D., who is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, and Senior Fellow at Albany Law School.

Finkelman is a nationally recognized author and expert on such diverse topics as baseball and the law, ethnic diversity and immigration, religious liberty, and the Founding Fathers, among others. He was a key witness in the lawsuit over ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball, and he was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Thomas Jefferson.” Finkelman was also the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case, and his scholarship on religious monuments in public space was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry (2005).

Finkelman has written more than 20 books, and has authored more than 100 articles and other publications. Finkelman was also a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. His work on legal history and constitutional law has been cited by numerous courts and in many appellate briefs.

Finkelman’s IU Northwest lecture, which is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programming, the Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science, and the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, will address the question of how the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 compares with Arizona’s new laws pertaining to undocumented workers. The Fugitive Slave Act required that escaped slaves who fled north had to be returned to slave owners, and further stated that law-enforcement officials were obligated to arrest any person they believed might be an escaped slave.    

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this timely and provocative presentation by one of America’s foremost legal historians.

The Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium is located in the Savannah Center on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.


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