Manning Lecture and Migration – Keynote Announced

Written by Theresa Rose on March 13, 2019



Mount Pleasant, Iowa: March 11, 2019 – Iowa Wesleyan University is pleased to announce Rev. Alexia Salvatierra as the 2019 keynote speaker for the Manning Lecture on April 7.  


Rev. Salvatierra is a Lutheran pastor and a dynamic, sought-after speaker who has been engaged with social justice for over 35 years. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration, including the co-founding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table. She has been involved in community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy. She is co-author of the book Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World (Intervarsity Press). Rev. Salvatierra’s bio is available for viewing.


Following Rev. Salvatierra’s keynote, break-out sessions will be held involving leaders from the community at large including Sonia Reyes Snyder, Office of Latino Affairs, Iowa Department of Human Rights; Nick Salazar, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Ann Naffier, Immigration Lawyer, Justice for our Neighbors ( JFON); Nicole Novak, Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project; Dr. DeWayne Frazier, Provost, Iowa Wesleyan University; Kristi Ray, Executive Vice President, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance and Rev. Trey Hegar, Iowa Welcomes Immigrant Neighbors (IowaWINS).


Associate professor of religion and the Manning Chair in Christian Religion, Dr. Joy Lapp said, “It is important to provide a space for all sectors of our community to come together to talk about migration. It gives those who work with migration daily an opportunity to engage with those new to the topic and creates an understanding among all. Iowa Wesleyan has a diverse culture and we are pleased to host the conversation.”


The Clifford and Maxine Manning Annual Speaker Series is an endowed program that brings a distinguished guest speaker in religion to Iowa Wesleyan’s campus each year to meet the mission of the endowment of building connection between the campus and the community. 


To learn more about the Manning Lecture or to be a part of the afternoon of conversation, please join us on April 7, 2019 in University Chapel.