Georgia Southern University

Lectures on immigration detention and human rights defenders on Aug. 18

Georgia Southern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Department of Political Science and International Studies will co-host a pair of lectures on immigration detention and human rights defenders, respectively, on Aug. 18.

Michael Flynn, Ph.D., will present “Immigration Detention Systems: A Global View” at 12:30 p.m. in the Carroll Building Atrium. Flynn will speak about the rising use of immigration-related detention programs, why governments are using such practices, and the results of the detention programs.

Flynn is the founder and executive director of the Global Detention Project, a nonprofit research center based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Following Flynn’s presentation, human rights lawyer Inmaculada Barcia will present on the topic “Human Rights Defenders and the UN System” at 5 p.m. in the Carroll Building Atrium. Barcia will detail the contemporary challenges faced by women human rights defenders and the role of the United Nations System in providing legal avenues for redress and support.

Barcia has spent more than 20 years working with academic institutions, non-government organizations (NGOs), and international organizations. She has served as the head of international service for Human Rights Regional and National Human Rights Defenders Program and as a consultant for various NGOs and international organizations.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is the largest of the eight colleges that make up Georgia Southern University, and it plays a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CLASS, also described as the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations and the world. CLASS offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees and several interdisciplinary minors from its 11 departments and five academic centers. CLASS offers eight master’s degrees, two graduate certificates and one doctoral degree. For more information, visit

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving approximately 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.   

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