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“Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance”

Public Sociology Conference This Weekend at Chapman University - March 16 & 17

Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences will present a public sociology conference - “Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance” – at Chapman University this Friday and Saturday, March 16 and March 17 in Beckman Hall 404.

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free and open to the public.

The conference aims to encourage meaningful conversations and practices between scholars, policy makers and local Latino/a communities on undocumented immigrants in Orange County. It is an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Department of Sociology of Wilkinson College in collaboration with the College of Educational Studies and the School of Law at Chapman University, in effort to engage scholars, grassroots groups, students and local institutions in serious dialogue on different models of conversations and engagement practices.

The conference will consist of six special panels of community members and scholars discussing:

  • Contextualizing the Immigration Debate and Making Sense of the Backlash against the Undocumented
  • The Criminalization of Immigration and the Violence on the Borders
  • Education and Resistance: Pedagogical Nuances and the Dare to DREAM Movement
  • Solutions to Immigration: Cutting across National and Local Dimensions
  • Exclusion Versus Inclusion: Why Assisting the Undocumented Makes for Healthier Communities

For more information, the public can call 714-997-6621 or email PublicSociologyConf@Chapman.edu

Full conference program is below. Chapman University is located at One University Drive in Orange, CA. Directions and public parking information: Chapman.edu/Map

March 16, 2011

  • 9:00 AM – Registration/Breakfast
  • 9:40 - 9:50 AM – Opening Remarks: Patrick Quinn, Dean of Wilkinson College, Chapman University
  • 9:50 - 10:00 AM – Remarks On Immigration and Public Sociology: Victoria Carty, Chapman University
  • 10:00 - 11:30 AM – First Session

Contextualizing the Immigration Debate and Making Sense of the Backlash against the Undocumented

Chair: Marisa Cianciarulo, Chapman University

  • Media Portrayals of the Undocumented and the Impact of Labeling. Jennifer Merolla, Claremont Graduate University and Chris Haynes, UCR
  • Immigrants in a Globalized World and the Role of Foreign Policy. Karina Macias, Chapman University
  • The ‘New’ Civil Rights: Is the ‘New’ Birmingham the Same as the ‘Old Birmingham’? Kevin Johnson, UCD
  • Understanding the Plight of Unaccompanied Minors, the Detained Immigrant and the ‘Justice’ System They Encounter. Lisa Ramirez, Immigration Policy Center

Discussant: Angelo Paparelli, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3:00 PM – Second Session

The Criminalization of Immigration and Violence on the Borders

Chair: Victoria Carty, Chapman University

  • The Arizonafication of Immigration Law: Implications of Chamber of Commerce. Whiting for State and Local Immigration Legislation. Marisa Cianciarulo, Chapman University
  • Violence on the Border. José Luis Sierra, New American Media, Journalist
  • Criminalization of Immigrants. Jesse Diaz, UCLA
  • Polarized Change: An Evidence-based Theory on Subnational Immigration Regulation. Karthick Ramakrishnan, UCR and Angela Garcia, UCSD

Discussant: Miguel Hernandez, OC Congregation

  • 3:30 - 5:00 PM – Third Session

Education and Resistance: Pedagogical Nuances and the Dare to DREAM Movement

Chair: José Moreno, CSULB

  • From a Life in the Shadows to Undocumented and Unafraid: Immigrant Youth Organizing and Activism in California. Caitlin Palter, CA Dream
  • Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organizing: Raising the Voice for Immigrant Rights in the U.S. Carlos Amador, UCLA
  • We Continue to Dream: Undocumented Graduate Students Build Counterpaces to Challenge the Anti-Immigration Climate. Alma Castrejon, CSULB andNancy Guarneros, Claremont Graduate University
  • Pedagogy of the Undocumented: Consciousness, Identity and Action. Octavio Pescador, UCLA
  • Latino and Immigrant Parent Involvement Paradigms: Models of Deficiency or Empowerment? José Moreno, CSULB

Discussant: Veronica Villegas, Piibe & Villegas

March 17, 2012

  • 9:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 AM – First Session

Exclusion Versus Inclusion: Why Assisting the Undocumented Makes for Healthier Communities

Chair: Tim Canova, Chapman University

  • A View From the Church Bells. Ed Poettgen, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Santa Ana
  • Santa Ana, California: Geography of Compassion. Harold ‘Biff’ Baker, Alex Corporation
  • The Hidden Plight of Undocumented Youth. Sister Eileen McNerney, Taller San José

Discussant: Carolina Sarmiento, El Centro Cultural de Mexico

  • 11:30 - 12:30 PM – Lunch
  • 12:30 - 2:00 PM – Second Session

Solutions to Immigration: Cutting Across National and Local Dimensions

Chair: Tekle Woldemikael, Chapman University

  • Occupying the Immigration Debate: Border Reform via Broader Reform. Tim Canova, Chapman University
  • Grassroots Community Engagement. Patricia Huerta, Padres Unidos
  • Border Angels, Border Realities and Immigration Today. Enrique Morones, Border Angels
  • Action Research with (Undocumented) Immigrants: Citizenship Through Place-Based Governance. Rigoberto Rodriguez, CSULB
  • Christianity and Economic Justice. Alexia Salvatierra, CLUE

Discussant: Rigoberto Rodriguez, CSULB

  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM – Break
  • 2:30 - 3:30 PM – Closing Remarks: Tekle Woldemikael and Victoria Carty

Press release provided by Chapman University on Mar 13, 2012


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