Human Rights

2018 CLLAS Symposium “Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race, and Migration in the Americas”

March 8, 2018
9:00 amto7:30 pm

 

 

Knight Library, Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid St.
and Gerlinger Lounge, 1468 University St.
Free & open to the public

2018 CLLAS Symposium Schedule

 

Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race, and Migration in the Americas

Our thematic line of inquiry this year: America, Bridge Between Oceans poses the following questions: What happens when we put the Atlantic world in conversation with the Pacific? What kind of art and cultural production emerges? Which stories of struggles for racial, economic, gender and environmental justice arise? How does looking at Latinx and Latin American Studies from within the Pacific Rim region open up innovative and necessary methodological and analytical horizons? These questions also inspire our symposium Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race, and Migration in the Americas. › Continue reading

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Writing Migration Conference

May 3, 2018toMay 4, 2018

 

Knight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Writing Migration Conference

For up-to-date information about the Writing Migration Conference May 3 – 4, 2018, go to: gerscan.uoregon.edu

In light of the global importance of contemporary migrations of populations, from Latin America to the US and Canada, from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, and in many other directions, the German Studies Committee of the University of Oregon, has organized a conference titled ‘Writing Migration’. The conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of talks on contemporary migrations (and some historical backgrounds and precedents) in a global context, on the writing of migration, and on the migrations of writing, along crucial South-North, East-West regional trajectories and transitions. Border-contexts considered include: Mexico-US; Africa-Europe; Middle East-Europe.  Contemporary and modern philosophical perspectives invoked include transborder studies, postcolonial studies, deconstruction, media studies, and ordinary language philosophy. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The Writing Migration Conference will take place on May 3rd and 4th, 2018. Sessions will be held in the Knight Library Browsing room. In addition, there is a special talk by Father Alejandro Solalinde planned for 5:30 in PLC 180. The conference is free and open to the public.

   

Tentative Schedule

May 3rd Knight Library Browsing Room

11:00-11:15 Introduction

11:15-1:00 Session One: Migrations in Reality, Thought, and Text

  • Lynn Stephen (Anthropology, UO), “Attacking Family Unity and Racial and Economic Diversity: Ending TPS Status for Central Americans and Haitians and Beyond”
  • Thomas Nail (Philosophy, University of Denver), “The Figure of the Migrant” 
  • Mushira Habib (Comparative Literature, UO), “Migration in Claudia Rankine’s American Lyric”

1:00-3:00 Lunch Break

3:00-5:00 Session Two: Hybridity of Culture in the Colonial Borderlands

  • Pedro Garcia-Caro (Latin American Studies, UO), “From the Stacks to the Stage: Recovering Transborder Latinx Cultural History (1789-2018)”
  • Gordon Sayre (English, UO), “The Villasur Massacre of 1720: Nuevo Mexico and la Louisiane collide on the Great Plains”
  • Olga Sanchez-Saltveit (Theater Arts, UO), “Tricks to Inherit: Re-Centering a Transnational Translation on Stage”

5:00-5:15 Coffee Break

May 3rd PLC 180

5:30-7:00 Annual Bartolome de las Casas Lecture on Human Rights: Father Alejandro Solalinde**, “The Migrant’s Path/El Camino del Migrante”

**Co-sponsored by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies

May 4th Knight Library Browsing Room

9:00-10:30 Session One: Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage: Migration’s Alienations

  • Dorothee Ostmeier (German and Scandinavian, UO)
  • Michael Najjar (Theater Arts, UO)
  • With actors: Penta Swanson (Mother Courage), Chris Arreola (The Cook), Dashaun Valentino-Vegas (The Chaplain), and Madeline Williams (Kattrin).

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session Two: Contemporary Representations of Migration in Northern Europe

  • Sonja Boos (German and Scandinavian, UO), “‘My Escape /  Meine Flucht:’ Techfugees, Smartphones, and the Construction of a Personal Documentary.”
  • Benjamin Mier-Cruz (German and Scandinavian, UO), Brown-Eyed Boy: Being Swedish and Straight Enough in Berlin in Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Everything I Don’t Remember“

12:30-2:30 Lunch Break

2:30-4:15 Session Three: Migrations of Image and Figure

  • David Martyn (German, Macalester College), “Grammatical Metaphor? Writing as Migration”
  • Jeff Sacks (Comparative Literature, UC Riverside), “Language Demands: Motion and Pain in Wittgenstein and La’abi”

4:15-5:00 Closing Discussion

This event is organized by the Department of German & Scandinavian, and co-sponsored by:

  • the Department of Romance Languages
  • the Department of Philosophy
  • the Department of Comparative Literature
  • the Department of Latin American Studies
  • CLLAS: Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies
  • the Global Studies Institute
  • the UO College of Arts & Sciences
  • the Oregon Humanities Center

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Trump, Immigration, and the Constitution

February 2, 2018
12:00 pmto1:20 pm

146 HEDCO
1655 Alder St.
UO campus

Trump, Immigration, and the Constitution

Robert McWhirter is a constitutional and immigration lawyer and will be guest presenting in a class. The classroom will hold another 20-30 people if you’d like to attend. 
 
An award-winning, internationally recognized speaker and author on trial advocacy, immigration law, and the history of The Bill of Rights, Robert McWhirter is a certified Specialist in Criminal Law with the State Bar of Arizona and first chair qualified to defend capital cases by the Arizona Supreme Court. Fluent in Spanish, McWhirter has extensively taught comparative criminal procedure and trial advocacy in Latin America. In 2010-11, he served in El Salvador, administering an $11M USAID project to reform the justice system, overseeing programs and trainings for the Salvadoran courts, police, prosecutors and public defenders. McWhirter’s previously published book, The Criminal Lawyer’s Guide To Immigration Law: Questions and Answers (ABA, 2006), was extensively quoted in 2010 by Justice Alito in Padilla vs. Kentucky. Mr. McWhirter is currently in private practice doing criminal defense. He is also the author of Bills, Quills, and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights (Paperback).

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Puerto Rico Teach-In

On November 21, 2017, CLLAS sponsored a teach-in titled, “History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US,” featuring professors Cecilia Enjuto-Rangel (Romance Languages) and Rocío Zambrana (Philosophy). They engaged in conversation about Puerto Rico and its place in the contemporary colonial history of the United States.

We are now making available the PDF, “History of Environmental, Economic, and Political Debts: Puerto Rico and the US,” put together by Professor Enjuto-Rangel.

For more information about that event, go to: http://cllas.uoregon.edu/puerto-rico-history/

President Michael Schill: Making hostages out of Dreamers in a battle over borders (Guest opinion)

Read UO President Michael Schill’s opinion piece in The Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/10/making_hostages_out_of_dreamer.html

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Dreamer ally training sessions available for faculty and staff

From Around the O: Dreamer ally training sessions available for faculty and staff
 
October 30, 2017—The second “Dreamer” ally training for faculty and staff will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at the UO’s Many Nations Longhouse.

The UO uses the term Dreamers to refer to students who are undocumented, participate in DACA, receive tuition equity or are from families with mixed immigration status. DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy that allows two-year stays for some undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and who have attended school or joined the military.

At the four-hour training, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to explore the challenges facing UO students whose immigrant legal status is precarious or unresolved or who have family members in that situation.

In addition to interactive exercises and discussion, information will be provided on basic laws and policies affecting these students, appropriate referral resources and what to do should immigration officers come to campus. Participants will also receive guidance on how to effectively support Dreamers and will be asked to identify one or more positive changes that they and their unit can make to support Dreamers on campus. › Continue reading

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