Immigration: Humanity on the Move

immigration.jpgGenerations upon generations of people from everywhere in the world have crossed national borders to find a better life, to escape tyranny and persecution, to share ideas. In a climate of inflamed rhetoric, fear and misunderstanding, we as a nation of immigrant appear to be losing tolerance for immigration and immigrants. What does this mean for our lives?

The upcoming series, "Immigration: Humanity on the Move," will explore many of the complexities surrounding immigration through lectures, panel discussions and an art exhibition, all of which are free and open to the public.

Kevin Johnson, Dean of the U.C. Davis Law School and internationally recognized immigration expert, kicks off the series with a discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at noon in Schulz 3001.

Generous sponsorship of the "Immigration: Humanity on the Move" series has been provided by the University Library, the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, Associated Student Productions, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of Theater Arts and Dance, the Multicultural Center, and Residential Life.

The full schedule of events includes:

An Overview of Immigration

Kevin Johnson, Dean of the U.C. Davis Law School

Wednesday, Feb. 9 at noon in Schulz 3001

Internationally recognized immigration expert Kevin Johnson opens the series and frames some of the issues surrounding immigration. Dean Johnson has published extensively on immigration law and policy, racial identity, and civil rights. His book Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink is Borders and Immigration Laws (2007) has influenced the national debate over immigration reform.


Immigration 101

Patricia Kim-Rajal and Daniel Malpica, assistant professors of Chicano and Latino Studies at SSU; Maureen McSorley, Sonoma County immigration attorney

Wednesday, Feb. 23 at noon in Schulz 3001

Professors Patricia Kim-Rajal and Daniel Malpica join attorney Maureen McSorley in a discussion of the topics which will be covered in the series, as well as many of the current legal issues faced by immigrants in Sonoma County and California.

Global Impacts

David Bacon, national immigration expert and noted photographer

Wednesday, March 9 at noon in Schulz 3001

David Bacon will address some of the implications of what it means to be part of a society migrating across borders throughout the world.

Community Services

Deborah Roberts, associate professor of nursing at SSU and clinical director for the Jewish Community Free Clinic; Reverend Chris Bell, North Bay Sponsoring Committee; Susan Shaw and Davin Cardenas, North Bay Organizing Project

Wednesday, March 23 at noon in Schulz 3001

Join the panel as they discuss immigration issues from a grassroots perspective.


Economic Implications

Chong-Uk Kim, assistant professor of economics at SSU; Marty Bennett, professor at Santa Rosa Junior College; Representative from the Graton Day Labor Center

Wednesday, April 6 at noon in Schulz 3001

Guest speakers help to unravel some of the economics surrounding immigration, from both macro and micro perspectives.

Human Trafficking

Jennifer Lynne Musto, UCLA; Annie Fukushima, The SAGE Project, Inc.

Wednesday, April 27 at noon in Schulz 3001

Musto and Fukushima discuss this all-too-real and frightening topic, which affects not only people throughout the world but also those in our own backyards. The speakers will help us understand the implications of human trafficking and shed some light on ways to help eradicate this injustice.

Imaginist Theater


The innovative local theater company will present a unique performance about life on the borders. Stay tuned for details on date, time and location.

Miracles on the Border: Folk Paintings of Mexican Migrants to the U.S.

February 1 - March 31, 2011

immigration_2.jpgThis powerful exhibition features Mexican retablos (pictured above and at left) that are both fascinating artworks and compelling sociological documents, dating back to as early as 1912.

Collected by Drs. Jorge Durand, University of Guadalajara, and Douglas Massey, Princeton University, as part of an ongoing study of Mexico-U.S. migration, the retablos displayed in this exhibit express the most prominent concerns of the immigrants who dedicated them, giving us direct Mexican perspectives on migrations.

This exhibit was made possible through a generous grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, as well as contributions by Associated Student Productions, the Multicultural Center, Residential Life, the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, and the University Library.

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