Panel Debates the DREAM Act

"Framing Immigrants"

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2017) University of California, Riverside Political Science Professor Jennifer Merolla and others will discuss "Framing Immigrants," specifically as the issue relates to news media coverage, public opinion and policy 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library auditorium.

A panel discussion follows with Merolla, UK Political Science Assistant Professor Abby Córdova and UK Sociology Associate Professor Janet Stamatel.

The panel will specifically discuss the question: How do liberal, conservative and mainstream news outlets influence support for mass deportations, comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act)?

The presentation is based on the book Merolla co-wrote with Chris Haynes, assistant professor of political science at the University of New Haven, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy and Political Science at UC-Riverside.

The event is part of UK College of Arts and Sciences’ “Year of Civics and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Keys to Our Common Future” program, a series of lectures, seminars, panel discussions and other events aimed at unlocking what it means to be “for Kentucky” in the 21st century. “Keys to Our Common Future” aims to unite the UK campus in dialogue about the roles of a citizen of the Commonwealth.

January events include two separate events. On Jan. 18, a Reproductive Justice Symposium will begin at 9 a.m. A discussion about “Comedians, the Media and the First Amendment” is slated 7-9 p.m., Jan. 24, in the William T. Young Library auditorium.

For information about “Keys to Our Common Future,” visit

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