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City Club of Cleveland - Debating Immigration
During this time of national debate over the Senate's plan to overhaul immigration laws, Dr. Carol M. Swain will speak about her newest book "Debating Immigration," a collection of 18 original essays that explore the nuances of contemporary immigration and citizenship affecting the United States and Europe. Swain asserts that illegal immigration has an especially adverse affect on minorities in this country.

Swain, formerly a tenured faculty member at Princeton University, is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. In 2003, she founded the Veritas Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting justice and reconciliation among people of different races, ethnicities, faith traditions, and nations.

Swain is the author of "Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress," which received the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U. S. on government, politics, or international affairs and "The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration," nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Swain has published articles in both popular and academic journals and anthologies, including USA Today Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her media appearances include BBC Radio, CNN Talk Back, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, ABC News, Fox News Live, PBS Ben Wattenburg's Think Tank, NPR Here & Now, NPR The Connection, NPR Morning Edition, and Daybreak USA.

Swain, who never attended high school, earned a high school equivalency diploma, a B.A. from Roanoke College, an M.A. from Virginia Tech, a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.L.S from Yale Law School.
June 25, 2007