Immigration in America
May 17, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and Co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, joins ZOOM’D for an up-close and personal look at the issue of immigration in America. With Arizona’s new law as a backdrop, Manuel explores the many facets involved: demographic patterns, economics, politics, history, and the human stories behind all of these. While immigration has contributed much growth and cultural change to American, much controversy has also come with it—ethnicity, benefits, jobs, settlement patterns, social mobility, crime, and voting behavior—which have all served as flashpoints of contention. Manuel helps define realities and creates a picture of what true, meaningful, and just immigration reform in America might look like. Join ZOOM’D host John Schmidt and Manuel as they bridge beyond political polarities and give shape to a world of desirable immigration futures.
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John D. Schmidt
John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.
John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.
John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.
John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.