A multidisciplinary symposium on immigration in the United States today
Indiana University Bloomington
Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. This landmark legislation literally changed the face of America by facilitating an unprecedented influx of millions from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to the United States.

Politics, Promises, and Possibilities is a multidisciplinary event commemorating this historic occasion and its wide-reaching consequences. It will bring together a cross-section of participants to grapple with the impact of immigration on two key arenas of American life: labor and civil liberties. The aim is to generate clarity about historical contexts and present challenges and provide insight for future prospects as the demographic makeup of the United States continues to undergo drastic shifts. Indeed, the US Census has projected the country will be “majority-minority” by the year 2042.

Organized by:
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. Her activism is recognized worldwide, most recently in being named a 2014 MacArthur Genius.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 16, 2015 - Indiana Memorial Union »
8:30 - 9:15 am
Arrival and breakfast
9:15 - 9:45 am
Welcoming Remarks by Sylvia Martinez and Jennifer Lee
Poetry Performance by Urayoán Noel
Introduced by Alberto Varon
10:00 - 11:20 am
Panel 1: Labor in Post-Industrial America
Presented by Jennifer Lee with Pawan Dhingra, Myrna Garcia, & Shelley Lee
1:00 - 2:15 pm
Keynote Address by Ai-jen Poo »
Caregiving and the Future of our Democracy
2:30 - 3:50 pm
Panel 2: Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Presented by Ishan Ashutosh with Leisy Abrego, Ami Gandhi, & Nadine Suleiman Naber
4:00 - 4:15 pm
Poetry Performance by Urayoán Noel and Closing Remarks
Please join us for a reception immediately following the performance at the University Club »
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Symposium Speakers

Leisy Abrego

Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Panelist in Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Ishan Ashutosh

Assistant Professor, Geography, Indiana University

Chair of Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Pawan Dhingra

Professor and Chair, Sociology, Tufts University

Panelist in Labor in Post-Industrial America
Myrna Garcia

Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies/Latino Studies Program, Indiana University

Panelist in Labor in Post-Industrial America
Ami Gandhi

Former Executive Director, South Asian American Research Policy Institute (Chicago)

Panelist in Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Jennifer Lee

Associate Professor, Sociology, Indiana University

Chair of Labor in Post-Industrial America
Shelley Lee

Associate Professor, Comparative American Studies and History, Oberlin College

Panelist in Labor in Post-Industrial America
Urayoán Noel

Assistant Professor, English and Spanish and Portuguese, New York University

Poet opening and closing the symposium
Nadine Suleiman Naber

Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Panelist in Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Alberto Varon

Assistant Professor, English, Indiana University

Introducing the morning performance
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