SBS Presents “Immigration Week: Examining Causes, Expanding Solutions” from March 20-27

During the week of March 20-27, the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) will present a program on immigration with a focus on Arizona. The week will include community panels on immigration and social justice, law and security, public health, and the economy, as well as films, poetry, music, a youth engagement day and an SBS research showcase. All events are free, open to the community, and located on the University of Arizona campus.

“SBS can bring a rich, interdisciplinary perspective to this complex issue,” said John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of SBS. “We have scholars participating from anthropology, sociology, journalism, geography, history, gender and women’s studies, the Southwest Center, the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, Mexican American studies, and Latin American studies. Our faculty will join with other experts from both on campus and in the community to lead the dialogue about a topic that is so important to our state and the country.

“The goals of these events include providing opportunities to learn about immigration and to discuss immigration issues through civil discourse, with a special focus on understanding the root causes of immigration and on proposing reasonable solutions,” Jones adds.

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March 20, 5-7 p.m.:  The panel discussion “Southwest Entry Point: Immigration and Human Rights” will examine how we reconcile both the human face of immigration and the societal impact. Panelists include Isabel Garcia, J.D., co-chair of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos; Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, adjunct lecturer in Mexican American studies; Isaías G. Noguez, coordinator of political affairs and outreach, Mexican Consulate, Tucson; and Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham human rights activist. The discussed with be moderated by Joseph Wilder, director of the UA Southwest Center. The discussion will be held in the Social Sciences Building, room 100.

March 21, 5-7 p.m.:  The University of Arizona Poetry Center will host “Vuela, Vuela Palomita:” An Evening of Immigration Poetry and Corridos (Songs). The evening will be emceed by Javier D. Durán, associate professor in Spanish and Portuguese and director of the UA’s interdisciplinary Center, Confluence. Sociology Professor Celestino Fernández will lead the audience through an historical overview of the corrido, a Mexican ballad form of poetry put to song. Performers Guillermo Sáenz and Ted Warmbrand will bring to life many of these songs. Additionally, writer John Washington and poets will give dramatic readings of poetry related to immigration topics. Artworks about border issues will also be displayed, including artwork by SBS alumnus Joel Garcia.

March 22, 7-9 p.m.: The film Asalto del Sueño will be presented by Voices of Opposition, with an introduction, question and answer session, and discussion by Linda Green, director of the Center for Latin American Studies and associate professor of anthropology. Asalto del Sueño or Assaulted Dream is a documentary by Uli Stelzner about the trials immigrants face traveling to the United States. The event will be at Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Auditorium, room S202.

March 23, 4-5:45 p.m.: A lecture titled “What Immigration Raids Tells Us about Latino Families and the State” will be given by Mary Romero, a professor of justice and social inquiry at Arizona State University. The event will be hosted by the UA’s Binational Migration Institute (BMI) and the discussion following the lecture will be moderated by Anna Ochoa O'Leary, co-director of the UA Binational Migration Institute and assistant professor in Mexican American studies. The event will be held at Cesar E. Chavez Building, room 205.

March 23, 6-8 p.m.: In the panel discussion “Balancing Neighborhood and Nation: Immigration, Security and the Law,” law enforcement agents and lawyers who specialize in immigration-related work will discuss the relationship between immigration and national security. Panelists include Phil Gordon, mayor of Phoenix; David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the State of Arizona; Mario Palmerin Velasco, Deputy Attache, Mexico Attorney General’s Office; Nina Rabin, J.D., director of border research for the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) and director of the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program in the James E. Rogers College of Law; and Maurice H. Goldman, J.D., Goldman and Goldman Law Firm. The panel will be moderated by Scott Whiteford, professor in the Center for Latin American Studies. The event will be held in the Physics-Atmospheric Sciences Auditorium, room 201.

March 24, 6-8 p.m.: In the panel discussion “Healthy Communities: Immigration and Public Health,” health specialists will discuss the many ways that public health is related to immigration. Panelists include Scott Carvajal, associate professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Center for Latin American Studies; Tom Weaver, professor emeritus in anthropology; and James Greenberg, research anthropologist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. The discussion will be moderated by Antonio Estrada, head and professor of Mexican American studies. The event will be held in the Social Sciences Building, room 100.

March 25, noon-2 p.m.: A youth engagement day “Arguments Against Apathy” is presented by Socorro Carrizosa, the director UA Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs. The event will be held on the University of Arizona Mall and include student speakers, including Daniel Hernandez, Jr., and live music by the band “A Son y Sol,” (also featuring UA students). Student groups from throughout the University of Arizona will also be available to hand out information on immigration-related activities, courses and research opportunities. Light refreshments will be served.

March 25, 2-3 p.m. A special paper presentations and discussion entitled. “Migration and (In)Security, A North-South View” features Dr. Gilberto Rosas, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign who presents: "Against Mexico and For el Derecho de no migrar." Dra. Natalia Armijo Canto, Universidad Autonoma de Quintana Roo, Mexico presents: “Migration and Security: A View from Mexico’s Southern Border”

March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. “The Three R’s of Immigration: Roots, Representations, and Repercussions” will showcase research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The day begins with an historical overview of immigration by keynote speaker, Regents’ History Professor Oscar Martinez. The address is followed by a session on the root causes of immigration, including economic displacement and structural issues. After a break, the film “Another Side of the Border,” produced by SBS students Curtis Prendergast, Austin Counts and Kirsten Boele, will be shown. The film will be followed by a session on the way immigrants are portrayed in the media and by governments. The day will close with a session focused on the repercussions of immigration. Issues of security, re-crossing and death will be addressed.  The community is invited to attend the entire day or individual sessions. The event is located in the Richard P. Harvill Building, room 150. Click here to see the full list of speakers.

March 27, 5-7 p.m. The panel “Assessing the Economic Impacts of Immigration” will examine the economic costs and benefits of immigration. The panelists include Glenn Hamer, president and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Lea Marquez Peterson, president and CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Judith Gans, M.B.A., M.P.A. program manager for immigration policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; and Vera Pavlakovich-Kochi, senior regional scientist in the Eller College’s Business Research Center and adjunct associate professor in the School of Geography and Development. The discussion will be moderated by Marshall Vest, director of the Economic and Business Research Center in the Eller College of Management. The event will be held in Social Sciences Building, room 100.

All Week, March 21-30: Mock border wall on the UA Mall, sponsored and put on by the University group UA No Más Muertes/No More Deaths. Their website is here.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Immigration Week is supported by the Student Union Book Stores, the Poetry Center, the Western Hemisphere Institute, the Chicano Hispano Student Affairs, and the College of SBS Magellan Circle.

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Contact:  For information on events, please contact Jessie Finch at 520-260-9538,; Media can contact Lori Harwood at 520-626-3846,