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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate exchange of opinions in order to advance culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace. For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony and community cohesion.

Nov 19, 2012

This talk will introduce the newly created Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) at George Mason University.

The mission of the IIR is to refocus the immigration conversation among academic, policy-makers and the public by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research related to immigrants and immigration to the United States. The talk will review initial findings summarizing the geographic dispersion and occupational concentration of immigrants based on U.S. Census data. Special attention will be paid to U.S. workers born in Turkey and other countries with large Turkic populations.

James Witte is Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University. Witte, who earned his PhD from Harvard in 1991, has been a professor at Clemson University and Northwestern University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center and a lecturer in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Witte's ongoing research focuses on ways to use the world wide web to collect survey data, the similarities and differences between online and off-line societies and the economic contributions of U.S. immigrants.