Mount Mercy College will host Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas for a special presentation titled, “Immigrant Rights and American Values,” on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room, Basile Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Camayd-Freixas will reflect on his reaction to the hearings and the opinions he has expressed before Congress and in numerous essays published in the ensuing months after the 2008 immigration raid at Agri-Processors, Inc., a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa.
Camayd-Freixas, a Harvard-trained communications analyst, was one of 26 interpreters who started the court hearings at Waterloo on May 13, 2008, and one of approximately 16 interpreters who stayed the whole two weeks. He is a professor of Latin American literature, director of translation studies, and founder of the research initiative on Immigration Reform at Florida International University, Miami. A literary critic, social theorist, and expert in forensic linguistics for federal and state courts, Camayd-Freixas has trained more than 3,000 interpreters in professional ethics and standards of practice, and regularly works on Spanish television broadcasts of presidential speeches, debates, and special events. He has interpreted internationally for eight different heads of state, including President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI.
Camayd-Freixas is in the eastern Iowa area for a number of speaking engagements. For more details on all of the events, contact Sallyann McCarthy in the Communications Office at the Sisters of St. Francis at 563-242-7611 or firstname.lastname@example.org