The Dreamers, Stress, and the American Dream

Today the Clarke Forum welcomes professor Kathy Abrams from UC Berkley School of Law. Abrams will speak this evening about her research on undocumented immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona. The many uncertainties faced by undocumented immigrants no doubt produces a great deal of stress. Just two days ago, we learned  about the negative health consequences of stress from professor Zaneta Thayer of Dartmouth College. Thayer’s research focuses on the negative health impacts of inequality and how these impacts are passed on from one generation to the next. The article (link below) below illustrates quite well the intersection of these two issues in the lives of dreamers who risk everything to become doctors. As Abrams will show tonight, narrative is a great tool for understanding complex issues.