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Deconstructing the Wall – Humans, Animals, Law, and Land

February 20, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us for the February ELM Talks, featuring a panel of experts who will share their perspectives on the issues and logistics of building a wall along the US-Mexico border. Panelists include:

Patty Born Selly, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Hamline University: Professor Selly is the author of three books about environmental and STEM education and the former executive director of the National Center for STEM elementary education at Saint Catherine University. Her scholarly interests include the relationships between humans and animals, as well as environmental and culturally-sustaining practices. Professor Selly will share her insight and expertise related to how the wall will impact the environment.

Marina Aleixo, Ph.D., Program Director of International Initiatives and Relations at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota: Dr. Aleixo’s work involves developing and negotiating global partnerships on behalf of CEHD with institutions from around the world. She teaches a course that includes a one-week experience over spring break to Tucson, Arizona where students work with organizations that support migrants during the border crossing process. Dr. Aleixo will help us to better understand the current humanitarian situation at our southern border.

Ana Pottratz Acosta, J.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law: Professor Pottratz Acosta will share her knowledge of the asylum seeking process, as well as her experiences traveling to Tijuana, Mexico to assist immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. While there, she gave legal assistance to people seeking asylum at the U.S. Port of Entry. Professor Pottratz Acosta authored the article Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant: The Role of the Media in Shaping Immigration Policy in 2018. She teaches Immigration Law, a 3.0 credit upper level law school course providing an overview of all areas of immigration law.

Michael Hatting, J.D., Partner, Stinson, Leonard, Street: Mr. Hatting represents real estate developers, investors, and lenders in buying, selling, financing, developing, and leasing all types of commercial and residential real estate projects. He has extensive experience identifying and securing state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits for preserving and redeveloping historic properties. Mr. Hatting has represented a number of large commercial real estate lenders and serves as outside general counsel for several of real estate development and investment companies. He previously served as the executive vice president and general counsel to a Twin Cities-based real estate development company.

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February 20, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Amy O’Connor Stolpestad


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1537 West Taylor Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1284 United States
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