A scholar of international and immigration law will present “Public and Private Harms: Asylum, Gender, and Gang Violence” at the International Seminar Series at noon Wednesday, October 10, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Anette Sikka teaches including human rights, international criminal, and critical race/gender approaches to law with the Department of Legal Studies at University of Illinois at Springfield.

In her talk, Sikka will address the violence women face as they seek refuge from excessive violence in their home countries, and the legal battles over harms against women, children, and people who are marginalized.

Sikka completed her law degree at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and earned her doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Her current research focuses on immigration reform and criminal justice, race/class and gender approaches to policing and correctional reform, and international rule of law programming.

The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and the Bloomington-Normal community weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are experts in their fields across a range of disciplines covering a wide array of cultural, historical, political, and social topics.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2018 series will focus on immigration. For a full schedule, see the Office of International Studies website.