Wilkes University


NEPDEC Hosts Speaker Alex Norwrasteh

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC) event featuring presenter Alex Norwrasteh on Oct. 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center, Room 131.

The presentation will counter popular negative stereotypes about immigrants on the issues of terrorism and national security, crime, cultural assimilation and integration, and economics. Most Americans think that immigrants are grave threats to our safety, are not becoming Americans, and make us poorer. However, there is vast empirical and theoretical research literature on each of these topics that are at odds with those common negative stereotypes. Nowrasteh will explore those findings and conclude the presentation with a discussion of why natives currently blame immigrants for so many problems.

Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, and most other major publications in the United States. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Affairs, the Fletcher Security Review and Public Choice. Alex regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is a coauthor of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

He is a native of Southern California and received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics.

For more information, contact Erica Acosta at erica.acosta@wilkes.edu