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The Changing Environment of Migrants, Faith Communities
Posted 09/25/2012 02:33PM

The Changing Environment of Migrants, Faith Communities

Dr. Nestor Rodriguez to speak as 2012 George S. Heyer Jr. Lecturer


  • Public Lecture “Seeking Solace in Faith Communities: Migrant Travels through Environments of Fear and Danger” with Dr. Nestor Rodriguez
  • Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
  • Shelton Chapel, Austin Seminary, 100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705
  • More information at www.austinseminary.edu/heyer


AUSTIN, Texas (September 25, 2012)—Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Nestor Rodriguez, professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, as the 2012 George S. Heyer Jr. Lecturer on Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in Shelton Chapel. Dr. Rodriguez will speak on the changing climate of immigration in the United States, particularly along the U.S.-Mexican border, and the reliance upon faith communities to provide support and solace.

Drawing from his research, Dr. Rodriguez illustrates the changing environment of immigration, beginning with the immigration wave of the 1970s. With intensified border enforcement it has become increasingly dangerous for undocumented migrants, making it much riskier to enter the United States. Laws were passed that facilitated deportations bringing greater risk of family separation. Through these changes, migrant are offered little or no protection from legal institutions and turn to communities of faith to provide shelter, food, and protection.

The lecture will be immediately followed by dessert and response from Dr. Gregory Cuéllar, assistant professor of Old Testament at Austin Seminary.

The George S. Heyer Jr. Lectureship is an annual lectureship established to symbolize and advance the important relationship between the academy and the church; to recall the long-lasting cooperation between The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Seminary; and to encourage the positive relationship between faith and knowledge. This lectureship was created in honor of George Heyer, professor emeritus of the history of doctrine, for his thirty years as a valued member of the Austin Seminary faculty.

Founded in 1902, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership. For more information and ways to support Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, visit www.austinseminary.edu.

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