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Dalton State Hosts Constitution Day

What is it that compels millions of Latino men, women, and children to leave their homeland to seek work in the united State? The complex issue of immigration and the responsibilities and privilege of U.S. citizenship will be explored in a documentary screening and panel discussion at Dalton State College, Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The program, free and open to the public, is held in recognition of Constitution Day and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium in the College’s Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

The evening begins with a screening of Roy Germano’s 2010 documentary film “The Other Side of Immigration.”

“I hope those who see my film walk away feeling more connected to a population that they may have misunderstood or not known very much about,” said Roy Germano, documentary maker. “Realizing that most people - Mexican or American, citizen or immigrant - are more similar than we are different, motivated to survive, take care of our families and be recognized for our inherent worth as human beings.”

After the film, a panel including Quincy Jenkins, director of Hispanic and Latino Outreach; Dr. Seth Weitz, associate professor of history; and Carolina Hammontree, instructor of management, will discuss citizenship, immigration, and the Constitution.

“I would hope that those who attend this event will come with an open mind and willingness to listen to the life stories and experiences shared through this documentary,” said Heather Williams, assistant director for leadership and civic engagement. “Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal perspectives about immigration as well as engage with a panel of faculty and staff following the film.”

The event is hosted by Student Life and Academic Affairs.