Panel discussion on 14th Amendment honors legacy of Chavez

George Fox will host a panel discussion about the 14th Amendment on March 31. The event honors the legacy of Cesar Chavez.George Fox University invites the public to ...

"The Future of the 14th Amendment"
Thursday, March 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
Room 105, Hoover Academic Building
Admission is free

In commemoration of the life of Cesar Chavez

The event, sponsored by the university’s Center for Peace and Justice, Office of Transitions and Inclusion and Latino Heritage Club, will feature a panel that includes local students and political science experts. They will discuss the implications concerning that section of the 14th Amendment that states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens.”


The purpose of the event is to have dialogue about proposed legislation that seeks to limit the scope of the amendment, according to Joel Perez, dean of transitions and inclusion at George Fox. “We want to encourage attendees to come prepared to ask questions and to learn about this issue as it relates to immigration reform,” he said.


Among those expected to participate is Dr. Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the university who specializes in American political theory and the relationship between religion and politics. He is the author or coeditor of six books on the American founding era.

Also present will be Dr. Richard W. Etulain, a professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico who specializes in the history and culture of the American West and the modern U.S. He is the author of more than 45 books on American West culture and history.

Also participating will be Dr. Jose-Antonio Orosco, an associate professor in the philosophy department and director of the peace studies program at Oregon State University. His primary area of interest is in social and political philosophy, particularly democratic theory and the ethics of globalization. He teaches classes in Latino/a and Latin American thought, with an emphasis on Mexican culture, history, and immigration to the United States, in both the philosophy and ethnic studies departments at OSU.

“As an educational institution we strive to provide opportunities for the campus community and surrounding community to learn about issues that impact our culture,” Perez said. “Civil discourse is essential to a democratic society, and we strive to model that on our campus.”

About Chavez

Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. A Mexican American, Chavez was among the best-known Latino civil rights activists during the 1960s and 1970s. His public relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. Many states honor him on March 31, his birthday.

Center for Peace and Justice

Created in December 1984 as the Center for Peace Learning, the Center for Peace and Justice helps people understand and manage the many forms of conflict. The center’s goal is to nurture agents of hope, people who embody in their citizenship, careers, and daily lives God’s promised gifts of peace and reconciliation.