Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Co., will present the 2012 Signum Fidei Lecture, “Why They Come: Economic Causes of the Present Immigration Problem,” at 2 p.m. on March 22 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville.
An expert on the Christian ethics of immigration, De La Torre will explore Latin Americans’ motivations for immigration, the United States’ efforts to prevent immigration flow, and the economics of detention. He will also urge the university community to ask how Catholic and Lasallian values call for engagement on immigration reform.
De La Torre holds a doctorate in social ethics from Temple University and has written numerous articles and over 25 books, including the award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins. He currently serves as president of the Society of Christian Ethics, and is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, he and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old.
The Signum Fidei Lecture is organized by Lewis University’s Center for Ministry and Spirituality to celebrate the university’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage, bringing to campus men and women of vision and faith to illuminate issues affecting the Church and its people, to reflect on spirituality in the Catholic tradition, and to provide a forum for topics based on Church teaching.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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