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Immigrants Of The Day: Timothy White of Argentina, Shauna Robertson of Canada, and Edmund Morris of Kenya

by Kevin R. Johnson

Timothy White (Argentina)

White Timothy P. White, president of the University of Idaho, on May 15 was named chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, by the UC Board of Regents. The appointment will take effect on or before Sept. 1, 2008.

An immigrant from Argentina who attended all three systems of California public higher education and received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, White has three decades of experience in public research universities. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley and Oregon State University, where he served as provost and executive vice president, and as president on an interim basis, before joining the University of Idaho as president in August 2004.

White, 58, has led the renewal of the University of Idaho as president, placing a focus on strategic planning, diversity, improved communication, multidisciplinary research initiatives and the fostering of a student-centered culture. His academic background is in physiology, kinesiology and human biodynamics, and he is internationally recognized for his work in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

Born in Buenos Aires, White as a child moved with his family first to Canada and then to Northern California. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. A first-generation college student, White began his higher education at Diablo Valley Community College in Northern California. He achieved his B.A. degree at California State University, Fresno; his M.S. degree at California State University, Hayward; and his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Upon completion of his Ph.D., White served as a postdoctoral scholar and then faculty member at the University of Michigan, ultimately serving as chair of the Department of Kinesiology. From 1991 to 1996 he was at UC Berkeley, serving as professor and then chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics. He subsequently joined Oregon State University, where he served as dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. In the early 2000s he served as provost and executive vice president there, and also as president on an interim basis. The University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, is the state's land-grant and flagship research institution and home to the state's only law school.

May 23, 2008 | Permalink

Shauna Robertson (Canada)

Superbad_poster Mclovin Born in Canada, Shauna Robertson is a film producer who has produced a number of recent hit movies.   Robertson dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles at age 16. Later married and divorced, she has been dating actor Edward Norton since fall of 2006.

Shauna Robertson's films include The Pineapple Express (forthcoming), Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad (see far left), Knocked Up, and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

One of the best characters in a Shauna Robertson film is McLovin from Superbad.  (See picture on the right).

May 27, 2008 | Permalink

Edmund Morris (Kenya)

Dutch Edmund Morris (born May 27, 1940 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a writer best known for his biographies of United States presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. After receiving his early education in Kenya, Morris attended Rhodes University in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968.

Morris's biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1980.

After spending 14 years as President Reagan's authorized biographer, he published the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan in 1999.  This book generated controversy because, although Morris had access to Reagan's papers and correspondence, including his private diary, and he had been chosen as Reagan's official biographer, Morris wrote the book in a fiction-like fashion with a fictional version of himself as the narrator.  Morris chose this course because, he admitted on 60 Minutes, he was never able to bring the president into focus. "He was truly one of the strangest men who’s ever lived," Morris said. "Nobody around him understood him. I, every person I interviewed, almost without exception, eventually would say, 'You know, I could never really figure him out.'"

Morris's other books include Theodore Rex (2001), the second in a projected three-volume chronicle of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, and Beethoven: The Universal Composer (2005).

Morris has also written extensively for The New Yorker, New York Times, and Harper's Magazine.

Edmund Morris lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.

May 28, 2008 | Permalink

These posts were orginally posted on the ImmigrationProf Blog here, here and here.

About The Author

Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog .

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