Dr. Camayd-Freixas is professor of Latin American Literature at Florida International University. St. Thomas U. should apologize for listing him as only a "federal court interpreter" in its announcement.
Thursday January 8, 7 p.m. - Rothko Chapel, University of St. Thomas, Houston
Postville: Immigrant Abuse beyond America’s Back Roads
Stephen Bloom, Professor of Journalism
Erik Camayd-Freixas, Professor of Latin American Literature
The Rothko Chapel brings the public discussion of human rights abuses at the hands of both a meat packing plant and federal immigration officials in Postville, Iowa earlier this year to the forefront by presenting together, for the first time, the two experts on this subject. Stephen Bloom, professor of journalism at the University of Iowa and author of Postville: A Clash of Cultures in the Heartland, and Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas, associate professor of Latin American Literature at Florida International University and a first-hand witness to the legal proceedings in his role as certified interpreter for the United States courts, will discuss the human rights violations that occurred and the implications with regards to ethics, justice, and democracy. The public is invited to meet the speakers at a reception immediately following the program.