Michael read an essay about the sinking of the Titanic whereby the author claimed it was because of distraction, not arrogance. Less than an hour before the collision, the Titanic’s radio operator received a call from a ship surrounded by ice and was too busy to respond or pay attention. We all know what happened. What a striking metaphor for our time. Everyone resides in a “Matrix of Distraction.” How we cope matters.
Rev. Michael J. Carteris an anti-racism trainer, recognized by President Clinton for his efforts, is an ordained Inter-faith minister and adjunct professor. He has a BA from the College of New Rochelle, a Masters In Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and has worked with UNC-A, Mission Health and various local businesses to assist them enhance their anti-racism and diversity agendas. He currently serves as the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of The Swannanoa Valley and as an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University.
Michael is from Baltimore, MD and worked for 25 years in New York City as a professional actor before moving to Asheville with his family in 2005.
From the controversy over President Trump’s proposed border wall, to the dispute over DACA, to court challenges of immigration quotas, U.S. immigration policy has been at the forefront of political debate. While, the cheeky question of “How High Should the Wall Be?” is meant to invoke a smile, the seriousness and complexity of the topic requires a knowledgeable exploration of Immigration Myths and Realities.
Join Mark Gibney as he explores key questions of immigration law and policy. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to people migration? What, if anything, is different in the 21stcentury?
Dr. Mark Gibneyis the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNCA in the Political Science Department, an Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden and an internationally recognized expert on human rights and immigration matters who has authored numerous books and articles on those and other subjects.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.