On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 the Rumi Forum hosted Justin Lowry of George Mason University’s Institute for Immigration Research for a presentation on the economic impact of immigrants.

Date: Wednesday, February, 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Location: 11200 Waples Mill Rd.  Suite 360 Fairfax, VA 22030

The Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University aims to refocus the immigration conversation among academics, policy-makers, and the public, including the business community and media, by producing and disseminating unbiased and objective, interdisciplinary academic research related to immigrants and immigration to the United States. As a joint venture with The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Massachusetts, the research conducted by the IIR examines the economic impact of all immigrant groups, with particular emphasis on economic contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs possessing high levels of education or skills. The IIR’s concentration on economic questions is nuanced by a socially oriented scientific perspective.

Justin Lowry will be presenting these findings related to IIR’s Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) service. This service helps individuals and institutions examine the immigrant populations of their particular geography, and will demonstrate how immigrants provide vital contributions to the economy and society of our nation. Ultimately, the goal of the iDod project is to create collaborations and connect people with data from their particular region or sector of interest on immigrant populations.

To learn more about iDod and the IIR’s work please visit: http://iir.gmu.edu/idod/immigration-data-on-demand-idod


Justin Patrick LowryJustin Patrick Lowry: Dr. Lowry is a specialist in spatial analysis of Social Phenomenon. His research takes the Anthropological perspective, using cross-cultural understandings, to shed new light on the studies of migration and immigration in the ancient and modern world. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Immigration Research, where he directs research projects that help to elucidate the relationship between immigrants and the United States economy.

Additionally, his experience in Maya and Central American archaeology focuses on the impact of trade in the ancient world and on the early development of economic hierarchies. His research is informed by an active field project at the site of Chiquilistagua, Managua, Nicaragua. Using GIS, he hopes to create a better understanding of the economic and social networks that existed in the ancient world. His current work with colleagues on obsidian sourcing in Nicaragua has allowed him to better characterize trade relationships between Central America and the Maya to the north. Using a combination of field and laboratory methods allow Dr. Lowry to study the ancient world, while teaching students about the process of research in archaeology. He frequently takes students on his field project in Nicaragua and on trips to see archaeological sites in Peru.


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