Immigrants and Refugees: A Dilemma for U.S. Leaders and Society.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It seems that not a day goes by without reading or hearing about the topic of immigration, the refugee crisis and building the wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. We are pleased to have Pamela Constable, the Washington Post Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as our speaker on April 4th. She will be addressing the international refugee crisis from the Middle East and its impact on the U.S. and Europe, and will also be addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Afghanistan and Pakistan remain states of United States foreign policy concern. Constable has provided extensive reporting since 1988 from Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as India and Iraq. Having resided in Kabul, Constable’s experiences regarding the region will inform the topic of her talk with us.

Pamela Constable has been the Washington Post bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan since the summer of 2016 and was formerly the deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post. Prior to joining The Washington Post in 1994, Constable was a foreign correspondent and foreign policy reporter for The Boston Globe, where she covered South and Central America, focusing on Chile and Haiti, as well as parts of Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Constable is the author of Fragments of Grace: My Search or Meaning in the Strife in South Asia (Potomac Books, 2004) and the co-author of A Nation of Enemies: Chili under Pinochet (W. W. Norton, 1993).

Constable is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former member of the Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010; a former fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation; and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot prize. A graduate of Brown University, she was also a resident in the Pew International Journalism Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

This program will be held at Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield.

Reception: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:15 p.m. , Program 7:30 p.m.