Next Conversation: Wednesday, November 15


“Waking from the American DREAM: Immigration and DACA”

Allen Theater, Student Union Building 5:30 - 7:00p.m.

Mission Statement

Civil Counterpoints: A Campus Conversation Series aims to stimulate thoughtful and respectful dialogue on volatile contemporary issues among members of the Texas Tech community. The series offers the university community opportunities to hear experts in the field tackle difficult topics through the engaged dialogues we encourage in the classroom, the lab, our hallways, and other forums. The series strives to highlight the diversity of research, creative endeavors and critical analysis on campus, and to demonstrate the possibilities for meaningfulcollaboration across disciplines, perspectives, and expertise in a respectful environment. Among the hallmarks of a vibrant and engaged university is the safeguarding of academic freedom, a principle that protects our ability to explore, discuss, investigate, and challenge oneanother's ideas intellectually and courteously.

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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 15

“Waking from the American DREAM: Immigration and DACA”

Allen Theater, Student Union Building 5:30 - 7:00p.m.

Tuesday, February 6

“Freedom of the Press and Public Information”

Allen Theater, Student Union Building 5:30 - 7:00p.m.

Wednesday, April 4

“Title IX & Inclusion”

Allen Theater, Student Union Building 5:30 - 7:00p.m.

Prior Discussions

President Schovanec's Civil Counterpoints Greeting (Video)Oct. 3, 2017 - "Cooling Down the Heated Debates: Understanding Approaches to Climate Change"

Related Bibliography and Videos

Media reports of conflicts on university campuses 2016-17

Essays/research regarding higher education institution's roles in society during turbulent times

Guests for the Nov. 15 Session

Jorge Ramirez

Professor of Law

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Jorge Ramirez is the Walter and Anne Huffman Professor of Law at the Texas Tech University School of Law. Professor Ramírez received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has worked with the Texas Rural Legal Aid as managing attorney for the Farm Worker Health and Safety Project in Weslaco, Texas, where he initiated and managed environmental and occupational safety litigation for indigent clients injured throughout the United States. Professor Ramírez managed the international programs at the law school from 2000-2016, serving as Associate Dean for International Programs from 2012-2016.

Ben Powell

Director of the Free Market Institute

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Benjamin Powell serves as the director of the Free Market Institute and is professor of economics at the Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. Dr. Powell is the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. Prof. Powell has authored several books including Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy. His primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, and public choice.

Paola Ledesma

Immigration Attorney

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Paola Ledesma is an immigration attorney practicing in Lubbock, Texas. She obtained her Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Duke University School of Law, and is admitted to the New York State Bar. She received her law degree (JD equivalent) from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas in 2000. Before moving to the United States in 2006 she worked for the Secretary of Economy in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Ms. Ledesma also worked as an Associate Attorney at Hatch Immigration Law Office in Greenville, NC. She is closely involved in the Lubbock community, and is committed to helping the Hispanic and other minority populations in the United States.


Tom "Smitty" Smith

Director of Public Citizen's Texas Office

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