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.
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.
Associate Professor, Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los AngelesPanelist in Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Assistant Professor, Geography, Indiana UniversityChair of Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Professor and Chair, Sociology, Tufts UniversityPanelist in Labor in Post-Industrial America
Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies/Latino Studies Program, Indiana UniversityPanelist in Labor in Post-Industrial America
Former Executive Director, South Asian American Research Policy Institute (Chicago)Panelist in Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Associate Professor, Sociology, Indiana UniversityChair of Labor in Post-Industrial America
Associate Professor, Comparative American Studies and History, Oberlin CollegePanelist in Labor in Post-Industrial America
Assistant Professor, English and Spanish and Portuguese, New York UniversityPoet opening and closing the symposium
Associate Professor, Gender & Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at ChicagoPanelist in Civil Liberties & Migrant Communities After 9/11
Assistant Professor, English, Indiana UniversityIntroducing the morning performance