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Boston College professor to speak about immigrant youth April 5 at MSU

March 28, 2012

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A free public lecture about the impact of immigration on youth will be given on Thursday, April 5, at Montana State University.

Lisa Patel, an associate professor of education at Boston College, will speak about "Youth Held at the Border: Immigration and Meritocracy in America" at 1:10 p.m. in Room 104, Reid Hall.

Patel will use narratives and portraits of recently arrived immigrant youth, as well as native born youth, to shed light on the societal factors that mediate success, status and stability in the U.S. She will pay particular attention to how factors such as gendered family roles, transnational forms of capital and documentation status interact dynamically.

With a background in sociology, Patel researches and teaches about education, immigration and language. Her focus has been on the ways education structures opportunities in society, and her daily work involves youth who are marginalized through those structures. Publishing at times as Lisa Patel Stevens, she is the co-author of "Critical Literacy: Context, Research and Praxis in the K-12 Classroom" and co-editor of "Reconstructing the Adolescent: Sign, Symbol and Body." She has written dozens of scholarly articles, book chapters and editorials, and has been a consistent voice in educational policymaking and policy analysis over a number of years. Her book "Youth Held at the Border: Immigration and Meritocracy in America" will be released this year by Teachers College Press.

The Department of English, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Development, and College of Letters and Science are sponsoring Patel's lecture. For more information, please contact Robert Petrone at 994-5186.

Robert Petrone at 994-5186, robert.petrone@msu.montana.edu