Forum examines hunger among immigrants, the ones left behind

August 31, 2012

Lisle, Illinois~ Many immigrants enter the United States to earn money that they can send home and help the families they left behind. Often, these immigrants will go hungry to be able to provide for those families.

The exact number of immigrants who go hungry in America is unknown, mainly because they fear deportation if they seek government assistance. Many seek help from their local churches and public food pantries, which ask few questions.

The role that churches play in meeting the needs of the hungry and the impact of remittances sent by immigrants to their home countries as an anti-poverty measure are the subject of the next Global Studies Forum, "Borderlands of Hunger: Immigration and Food Insecurity in a Transnational Context," at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 in the Krasa Presentation Room at Benedictine University.

The event is sponsored by the Global Studies major, the Office of Intercultural Education and International Affairs and the Center for Mission and Identity at Benedictine University.

Key speakers are Richard Slimbach, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University, and Fr. Timothy Piasecki, pastor of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Aurora.

Slimbach earned a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education at UCLA, and has lived and worked extensively within urban poor communities. Fr. Piasecki served as a missionary in Peru for several years and is a member of the board of Hesed House, a shelter and ministry for the homeless in Aurora.

The Global Studies major at Benedictine combines the school's unique cultural heritage sequence with courses from a number of disciplines to provide students with an understanding of the forces that are shaping the world and prepare them to act as responsible citizens in the 21st century.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Global Studies Forum, contact Chandra Palmer at (630) 829-6250 or


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