FEBRUARY 14, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will host the fifth biennial “Education for a New Humanity” colloquium with a series of guest speakers this spring at the FSW Lee Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. All presentations will be held in the FSW Rush Auditorium, Building J-103. They are free and open to the public.
The colloquium will open with three guest lecturers focused on the topic, Humanizing Deportation, from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Artist and activist Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana will present her latest work, the Playas de Tijuana Mural Project, a highly visible and interactive community mural in Friendship Park on the U.S.-Mexico Border. The project brings public art of high artistic quality and enduring value to one of the busiest land border crossings in the world. At the same time, it intends to transform the public perception of deportability through institutional and societal engagement.
Terry Coonan, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, will discuss the legal dimensions to our current policies at the border. Coonan is an internationally known human rights lawyer who has advised U.S. judges on immigration and refugee law, worked with the United Nations and the U.S. Justice Department, and litigated asylum and torture victim protection cases for more than two decades. He has done leading advocacy and policy work regarding human trafficking and has trained law enforcement, service providers, and judges nationwide on the topic. Coonan serves as an associate professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a courtesy professor in the FSU College of Law and the FSU Film School. He teaches courses on international human rights, human trafficking, refugee and asylum law, and human rights and film.
Danilo Castillo, interpreter, Chair of Immigration for Fresno’s WILPF, is the co-creator of Migri Map, a one-stop shop of resources for asylum-seekers, deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. He has been interpreting for asylum interviews in San Francisco, Calif. for over 15 years and will discuss how being granted asylum has been a life-changing event for many refugees.
Additional colloquium presentations will include a poetry reading by poet Julie Marie Wade at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, and a presentation by fine art and documentary photographer Jared Ragland at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its first Women’s Volleyball program in Fall 2019. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.