Dew to discuss causes, solutions to racial discrimination during faculty forum Sept. 15

Building Walls, Building Bridges

Mount Mercy University’s Dr. Dennis Dew will present Fear of an Immigrant Nation: Prejudice, Stereotyping & Discrimination Against Immigrants in the U.S. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room as part of the 2016 Fall Faculty Series.

Dew, associate professor of psychology and faculty chair of the psychology, sociology and social work department, will discuss the causes of racism, prejudice and stereotyping as it relates to immigration, and offer solutions to those problems from a social psychological perspective.

“Immigration is a major theme of the upcoming presidential election and will likely be an issue Americans will discuss in the coming years,” Dew said. “It is my hope people will gain some insight about why people around the world fear foreigners who immigrate to their countries and how fear is being used to motivate people to vote.”

Dew has served as a survey director at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, where he managed large-scale, national surveys regarding health behaviors, politics and the economic decisions of Americans.

The university’s 2016 Fall Faculty Series, Building Walls, Building Bridges: The U.S. as an Immigrant Nation, is free of charge and open to the public. The three-month series showcases multiple presentations, performances and stories that explore what immigration has meant to our nation’s history, as well as what immigration means to us now.

>> Dr. Dennis Dew was featured for his guest column "Fear of immigrants and sharks: from stories to statistics" in The Gazette on Tuesday, Sept. 13.