Immigration Discussion with Cari Skogberg Eastman '96

Author and researcher Cari Skogberg Eastman will discuss immigration at an event at Augustana University

Event Details


Date: April 25, 2017

Times: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Morrison Commons, 3-in-1 Room

Ticket Info: Free and Open to the Public


Author and researcher Cari Skogberg Eastman '96 will discuss the cycle of immigration at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the 3-in-1 room located inside Morrison Commons.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Skogberg Eastman's research has focused primarily on issues involving media and civil society, particularly about immigration. She is the author of "Immigration: Examining the Facts" and "Shaping the Immigration Debate: Contending Civil Societies on the U.S.-Mexico Border." 

“My ultimate goal is to help people think more broadly about the issues and to refuse to allow simplified versions of what’s happening along the border to become known as what’s really happening," Skogberg Eastman said in a past interview with Augustana.

“What we have are legitimate concerns about security, safety, humanitarian issues and our trade policies. (We need to) figure out the root of the problem — why are people coming? We need to figure out legal remedies to help these people who need work so badly that they’re willing to risk their lives to find it.”

About Skogberg Eastman

Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman is an independent researcher, writer, and educator from Sioux Falls. She earned her bachelor's degree with majors in secondary education/English and modern foreign languages from Augustana University, her master's in teaching Spanish as a foreign language from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain, and her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her doctoral studies focused largely on development communication, earning her a graduate interdisciplinary certificate in development studies. Her primary focus, however, was on issues involving media and civil society — particularly in relation to the immigration debate. Her dissertation research focused on public reception and understanding of border and immigration issues, particularly those involving the U.S.-Mexico border that were influenced by media coverage of civil society organizations active in that area. 

Her writing on immigration earned her an honorable mention Thompson Award for Western American Writing from the Center of the American West. She has presented academic papers on the issue of immigration both nationally and internationally, been invited to lecture on the topic at various universities within the U.S. and has also co-authored journal articles about undocumented immigrant children.

She has taught elementary, middle school and high school Spanish in addition to teaching as an adjunct at Black Hills State University and as an instructor at Augustana University. Her teaching honors include Spearfish School District Teacher of the Year, Augustana Student Association Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence, and National Board Certification in the Teaching of World Languages other than English. She also earned the DELE superior diploma for Spanish language proficiency from Spain’s Ministry of Education and Culture. After spending a number of years researching and writing in Arizona, she now resides in Sioux Falls with her husband and two children.