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Conference on Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election

8/26/2016  8:00 am

Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and
the 2016 Election
September 26-27, 2016
Heritage Room, ACES Library
1101 S. Goodwin, Urbana

 

The 2016 US Presidential election is likely to be defined as one of the most important since WW II and certainly one that will shape and define global and domestic policies for the next 50-100 years. There are a number of issues including jobs, inequality, education, gender, free trade, terrorism, and multiculturalism that are central to this election. Yet is it the issues of immigration, migration, and refugees that have dominated the primary season and will largely dominate the general election cycle.

This one and a half day conference focuses on the issues and attitudes as well as the historical, economic, and legal dimensions associated with people immigrating, migrating, or seeking refugee status. The conference brings together experts from a variety of disciplines and allows ample time for interactive dialogues between presenters and conference attendees.

Free and open to the public.  No pre-registration required.

Program as of 9/21/16

All conference sessions will take place in the Heritage Room at the ACES Library and Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin, U. except the Day 1 film screening at 5:30pm will take place at Lincoln Hall, Room 1000.

Day 1: Monday, September 26 
Registration and Coffee   8:30am-9:00am
Program  9:00am-4:45pm

8:30-9:00    Coffee and registration  

9:00  Opening Remarks                                                                  

Kevin Leicht         Head, Department of Sociology, UIUC

Wynne Korr          Dean, School of Social Work, UIUC

Edward Feser       Interim Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UIUC

 

9:30  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election:
History of Immigration/Setting the Context                         

Timothy McCarthy, Chair   
Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics, UIUC

Sara McElmurry
Assistant Director, Immigration, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
“Fear and Polling in Immigration: Informing a Way Forward”

10:45  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election:
Executive Powers of the President
                                        

Rebecca Sandefur, Chair       
Department of Sociology and College of Law, UIUC

Jamelle Sharpe
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, College of Law, UIUC
“The President’s Immigration Power”

11:45  Lunch Break  (Lunch provided for program participants only)

 

1:15  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election:
Asian Americans


Phyllis Baker, Chair                               
Department of Sociology, UIUC

Taeku Lee
Department of Political Science and School of Law, University of California at Berkeley
“America the Blue? Racial Divides, Electoral Alignments, and the Puzzle of Asian American Partisanship”

Cara Wong, Respondent        
Department of Political Science, UIUC

2:30  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election:
Working Class White

Noreen Sugrue, Chair            
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, UIUC

Justin Gest
Shar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
“The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality”

Monica McDermott, Respondent         
Department of Sociology, UIUC

3:45  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election:
African Americans

Leon Dash, Chair    
Department of Journalism, College of Law, and Center for Advanced Study, UIUC

Todd Shaw
Department of Political Science and African American Studies Program, University of South Carolina
“African Americans and the Immigration Debate: The Prospects for Mobilization and Demobilization in 2016.”

Kevin Leicht, Respondent                      
Department of Sociology, UIUC

5:30  Film Screening and Panel Discussion of “Dying to Get In”
                       1000 Lincoln Hall 
                       Reception immediately following

Day 2: Tuesday, September 27
Registration and Coffee   8:30am-9:00am
Program 9:00am-12:30pm

8:30-9:00    Coffee and registration  

9:00  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election: Economics              

Marieke Kleemans, Chair                       
Department of Economics, UIUC

Ethan Lewis
Department of Economics, Dartmouth College
“The Ins and Outs of Immigration: Does it Really Harm U.S. Workers?”

Mark Borgschulte, Respondent          
Department of Economics, UIUC

10:15  Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election: Latina/os
  
Jonathan Inda, Chair                              
Department of Latina/o Studies, UIUC

Gary Segura
Department of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, Stanford University
“Immigration Politics, Demographic Change, and Electoral Coalitions in the Unites States”

 

11:30  Closing Panel Discussion

Mary Arends-Kuenning, Chair              Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics, UIUC
Brian Gaines                                        Department of Political Science, UIUC
Monica McDermott                               Department of Sociology, UIUC
Kevin Leicht                                         Department of Sociology, UIUC
Noreen Sugrue                                    Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, UIUC

Conference hosted by: Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Department of Sociology and School of Social Work.

Co-sponsors: Center for Business and Public Policy; Center for Global Studies; College of Law; Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics; Department of Economics; Department of Latina/o Studies ; Department of Political Science; Program in Law and Philosophy; Program in Modern Greek Studies; Division of Student Affairs; Asian American Cultural Center; African American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity Education and Social Justice Program; Women’s Resources Center; Illiniois Inequality Initiative; and support from the LAS Conference Grant Program.