Welcome to SymBozium

SymBozium is a forum for civil discourse presented by the Bozeman Public Library. At this divisive time in our world the need to consider and understand diverse perspectives is critical, especially within our community. This free participatory event series will feature current topics and keynote speakers representing varied points of view. Join us for principled, productive, and respectful conversations. Let’s discuss.

Upcoming Events

The Economics of Immigration: Boon or Bust?
April 2, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Emerson's Crawford Theater

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DACA, migrant caravans, undocumented workers, merit-based immigration. Few issues are more divisive in the United States today than immigration reform. Even though key businesses and industries – some right here in Montana – depend upon an immigrant workforce to be successful, opponents of immigration hold that our economy suffers when legal and non-legal individuals make the United States their home. How does one cut through all the partisan “noise” to understand how immigration impacts our economic well-being? Is immigration a boon or a bust for our economy? What are the myths, and what are the facts? Listen to and consider various viewpoints and offer your questions to our panelists in a follow-up question and answer session.

Moderated by:

Nancy Chen

Women’s Leadership Coach and Founder,
Power To The Queen!

Nancy’s father retreated with Chiang Kai-Shek to Taiwan after fighting the Chinese Communists during the Revolution. Her family emigrated when she was four, opened a Chinese laundry in New York, and she was naturalized as a US citizen in her 20’s. All four kids went to college, and Nancy went on to get a MBA from The Wharton School. Since then, as a leadership facilitator, she has presented over 300 corporate learning events. And as an executive coach, she has logged over 500 hours helping her clients develop into better managers and leaders at work. She happily moved from New York to Colorado six years ago, and to Bozeman last summer.

Featured Speakers:

George Borjas

George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2011. Professor Borjas is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at IZA. He is the author of several books, including Immigration Economics, Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy, and the widely used textbook Labor Economics. His latest book is We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative. In 2016, Politico listed Professor Borjas #17 in the list of the 50 "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics...For telling it like it really is on immigration." 

Bridget Kevane

Bridget Kevane has spent more than 20 years at Montana State University in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) and, more recently as associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Letters and Science. She was the first woman elected as MLL department head and served in that capacity for six years. As department head, she mentored the junior faculty, promoting work-life balance, advocating for parental leave and was part of a group that started the first family leave ad hoc working group. She was instrumental in motivating MSU to adopt a stop-the-tenure clock policy for family care. Kevane has long been active in Gallatin County working to create better services for the Latino population. She is a regular Montana Humanities speaker on Latinos in Montana. In partnership with Community Health Partners, she received an INBRE and Montana Health Care Foundation grant to train and mentor Latina women in Gallatin County as health advocates for their families and community. The project was so successful that Gallatin County Health adopted the program, and Kevane now serves on the advisory board. In short, she is an example of a wonderful leader who has served both MSU and the state exceptionally well.

Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield is an immigration attorney and managing partner of Fragomen Worldwide’s Washington, DC, office. He counsels clients across industries on visa and work permit matters and on the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate reorganizations, as well as I-9/E-Verify, H-1B/LCA and PERM compliance, and representation during government audits and investigations. In January 2014 Andrew was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to the board of directors of Brand USA, the public-private partnership established by Congress in 2010 to promote international travel and tourism to the US. He was reappointed to the board in 2017 and currently serves as the board’s secretary, immigration law and policy advisor, and chair of the board’s governance committee.

Featured Speakers

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Nancy Chen                  George Borjas

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Bridget Kevane        Andrew Greenfield


SymBozium Planning Committee

Nicholas Wickes
Kit Heffner
Brook Merrow
Tanya Andreasen
Lee Selby
Susan Gregory
Kit Stephenson
Janay Johnson
Dawn Hobson