IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Mark D. Rosen will deliver the sixth Presidential Lecture, hosted by IIT President John Anderson. Professor Rosen will address the topic “U.S. Immigration Law: History, Theory and Political Implications” at 3:30 p.m. on March 11 in the Hermann Hall Ballroom, 3241 South Federal Street on IIT’s Main Campus in Chicago.
Established in 2012, the Presidential Lecture Series is intended to present leading experts to discuss societal challenges. The lecture series is moderated by John W. Rowe, IIT Regent and former chairman of the IIT Board of Trustees, and chairman emeritus of Exelon Corporation.
Drawing on history, political theory and law, Professor Rosen will consider the connections between immigration and citizenship in liberal democracies. His talk will identify the broad array of immigration criteria plausibly used, and in fact used, by today’s liberal democracies—and over time by the United States. Professor Rosen then will examine what is (and isn’t) entailed in “being a citizen.” He will provide an overview of immigration’s intimate connection to other issues not typically thought of as related to immigration, including education policy and the appropriate scope of religious liberty. Finally, Professor Rosen will discuss what factors should influence immigration policy, and who should decide that policy.
A member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty since 1999, Professor Rosen teaches courses in constitutional law, conflicts of law, election law, local government law, Federal Indian Law, and civil procedure. A prolific writer, Professor Rosen has addressed matters of international and domestic justice, as well as many issues of constitutional law, in his research. He has served as a consultant to Congress, to many state legislatures and attorneys general, and to Native American tribes.
Prior to joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Rosen was a Bigelow Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School. He has worked as an attorney in private practice in Boston, where he focused on complex federal court litigation. Professor Rosen completed his undergraduate education in economics and political science at Yale College. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Rosen has also studied Talmudic and comparative law at Shapell’s University in Israel.
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