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A follow-up to the Immigration Working Group, The Global Migration Working Group will debate and explore from within an interdisciplinary lens important aspects of migration affecting the life and well-being of migrants, refugees and stateless persons in the United States and, more broadly, the overall dynamics of migration in the Western Hemisphere. Among the topics we would like to discuss are refugee resettlement and integration; migrant identity; deportation; detention conditions for migrants; and security and migration. The workshop seeks to become a referent point for the discussion of migration affairs among scholars and activists in Chicago and the larger Midwest.


Rachel Buff (Global Migration Working Group)  Add To Calendar

September 28, 2017  1 - 3 PM at the Institute for the Humanities

Professor Rachel Buff
History Department, Coordinator, Comparative Ethnic Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Against the Deportation Terror: Tracing the Roots of Immigrant Rights Activism”

This talk explores the connections between immigrant rights advocacy during the Cold War and the more recent fluorescence of a national movement. Specifically, I examine the case of Nicaraguan American labor organizer Humberto Silex, and the multiracial coalition that emerged in South Texas to combat his denaturalization and deportation. While short-lived, this coalition eventually influenced the California Chicano Movement's articulation of a pro-migrant, anti-Migraposition. This position, in turn, became grounds for collaboration between West Coast and East Coast immigrant rights organizations, connecting the struggles of Haitian, Latinx and European migrants into the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Date(s): Thursday, 9/28 1:00 PM to Thursday, 9/28 3:00 PM
  • Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email: lvavra@uic.edu
  • Website: http://huminst.uic.edu
  • Phone: (312) 996-6352


Andreas Feldmann, Latin American and Latino Studies and Political Science 

Amalia Pallares, Latin American and Latino Studies and Political Science

Adam Goodman, History and Latin American and Latino Studies

Patrisia Macias, Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies
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