What: The two-day conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of diversity in new immigrant destinations. The speaker and panels will also explore the political incorporation of immigrants to new destinations, public policies on immigrant integration, and immigration to areas of historical, ethnic and racial conflict in the United States and Europe.
The conference is free and open to members of the campus community. However, if participants intend to partake of the meals, they should contact Mary Beth White at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would-be participants who are not members of the campus community will be charged a fee of $100 to cover meals and administrative costs.
When: Friday, October 11 from 11:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Various locations on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford.
Background: The keynote address on Friday will be delivered by Joaquin Arango of Complutense University of Madrid. The title of his speech is “Challenges and Opportunities of Diversity in New Immigrant Destinations: the Case of Spain in the Context of Southern Europe.” He will speak at 5 p.m. in Rittenberg Lounge in Mather Hall.
On Saturday, the luncheon address will be given by Rodney Hero of the University of California, Berkeley. Hero is president-elect of the American Political Science Association. He will speak on “Dilemmas of Diversities and Destinations in Immigration Politics.” The luncheon address will be at 11:45 a.m. in Terrace Rooms A, B and C in Mather Hall.
The transatlantic conference will convene approximately 20 American and European scholars who will address the major challenges and opportunities posed by the increasing dispersion of immigrants to new destinations -- i.e., countries, regions, and cities in the United States and Europe -- that until relatively recently have not been home to immigrants for at least a century.
Such destinations often lack a pre-existing infrastructure to support immigrant integration, thus raising questions about how governments are responding and how well immigrants are currently being incorporated. The conference will be divided into three pairs of panels, each with a consecutive U.S. and European session, followed by a joint roundtable discussion. The conference will be organized around the following themes:
- Political Incorporation of Immigrants in New Destinations
- Integration Policies amidst Immigrant Dispersion
- Migration to Regions of Historical Ethnic/Racial Conflict
The conference is sponsored by the Political Science Department with the support of the Albert L.E. Gastmann Fund in International Organizations and Programs; the Center for Urban and Global Studies; and the Cesare Barbieri Endowment.