Discussion About Immigration Scheduled For Thursday

WAYNE – Make plans to join a Wayne State College professor talking about immigration this week.

According to a release from Wayne State College, Dr. Brian Hanson will present “Immigration, Threat and Trust in Government in Changing Rural Communities” on Thursday, January 30 at 4:30 p.m. Members with the WSC Political Science Club and the Center for Great Plains Research at University of Nebraska-Lincoln will sponsor the event being held at Ekeko Blends and Goods (110 Main Street).

Dr. Hanson is an assistant professor of political science at WSC and states, “We find that rural whites who feel threatened by immigration, cite immigration as the most important issue facing the country, or who identify immigration as the most important issue to them personally, tend to have significantly lower levels of trust in Congress and the federal government,”. These perceptions seem to have no significant effect on their trust in local and state governments and will be addressed Thursday.

Dr. Hanson has attained degrees from University of Kansas (Ph.D./M.A.) and UNL (B.A.). He currently teaches courses in American politics, public policy and statistics. His research interests included public opinion, health policy and immigration policy.

Dr. Hanson’s research on rural public opinion has been recognized by the Western Political Science Association and he has conducted research on health policy as a Rural Health Fellow for the National Rural Health Association.

For more information, call 402-375-7541.