Chasing Cross-Border Activism 3/24

March 24th, 2009 by Adam

Plymouth.N.H. — Guadalupe T. Luna, interim associate dean and professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, will discuss The U.S.–Mexico Border: Chasing Cross-Border Activism, at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

In the 20th century, activism was manifested in many ways, as people from all continents struggled for political and personal freedoms. The 2009 Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University is examining how activism is taking shape in the 21st century.

Luna says that contrary to constitutional dictates of equal treatment and due process, immigration law is further engendering harsh and arbitrary sentiments against immigrants, regardless of whether they are in the United States legally.

Prior to joining the NIU faculty, Luna practiced immigration and employment law for four years with the Mexican American Legal Educational Fund. “Rather than seek viable alternatives, Congress continues to adopt an increasingly slippery slope of punitive measures that are difficult to reconcile with domestic law and international human rights principles,” she said.

Her scholarship interests target immigration law and the intersection of property law with the 1848 peace treaty that terminated the U.S. war with Mexico, among other topics. The border fence will impact the rights of those who have owned property for more than 200 years, according to Luna. “Erecting such a barrier will also impact a host of environmental laws, without regard to the natural habitat or protected species in the region,” she said.

Luna will speak in the Smith Recital Hall on the PSU campus. Her presentation is hosted by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

The next speaker in the series will be Paul Gunter, director of the Reactor Oversight Project for Beyond Nuclear at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. Gunter will discuss “Why Nuclear Power Still is not the Answer,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.

Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at

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