Fenwick Fellows to Give Lectures

Posted: April 2, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Monday, April 6, University Libraries will host the 2009 Fenwick Fellow Lecture at 3 p.m. in the Edwin Meese III Conference Room in Mason Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, associate professor in the Department of Social Work, will present “Pacific Islander Roots and American Wings.”

Her project is framed by a review of the existing literature in relation to factors that impact the functioning of immigrant Pacific Islander Americans. It also provides a personal narrative of the researcher’s immigrant family’s experiences with the nuances of immigration.

John G. Dale and Tony Samara, assistant professors in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will present “Legal Pluralism within a Transnational Network of Governance: The Extraordinary Case of Rendition.”

Their project addresses how the Bush Administration constructed a highly secretive transnational network of state executives, intelligence agencies, corporations, professional attorneys, psychologists, interpreters and academics. The research complicates attempts at reducing to ‘state action,’ or analytically conflating with other branches of state action, the practices comprising the Bush Administration’s Extraordinary Rendition Program.

A reception will follow the lectures. This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested to librsvp@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2251.

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