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Migration: Past, Present, and Future


This academic symposium will explore historic and enduring issues in migration, including refugees and forced migration, race and class in U.S. immigration, and policy.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Thursday, March 21–Friday, March 22, 2013

Robsham Theater and Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Chestnut Hill Campus, Boston College

The conference is free and open to the public; registration is required.
Please click here to register by Friday, March 15.
For questions, please email or call 617-552-3292.


Thursday, march 21

Robsham Theater

7:00 p.m. Opening Keynote: The Border Is Not a Straight Line
Richard Rodriguez, Author and Essayist
David Hollenbach, S.J., Professor of Theology and Director, Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice (introduction)


Friday, March 22

Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Forced Migration: Refugees and Economic Migrants
Mark Raper, S.J., President, Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Karen Musalo, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean, Boston College Law School (introduction and respondent)
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Panel 2: Race and Class in U.S. Immigration
Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University
Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, University of Houston Law Center
Stephan Thernstrom, Winthrop Research Professor of History, Harvard University
M. Brinton Lykes, Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology and Associate Director, Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice (chair and moderator)
12:30 p.m.
Lunch Keynote: Boston College and the Immigrant Experience: The First 150 Years (Lunch will be provided.)
Kevin Kenny, Professor of History, Boston College (introduction)
James M. O'Toole, Clough Millennium Chair in History, Boston College
2:30 p.m. Panel 3: Future of Migration Policy in the U.S.
Peter Skerry, Professor of Political Science, Boston College (introduction)
Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School
David A. Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Donald M. Kerwin, Jr., Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies
Ray Suarez, Author and Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour (moderator)
4:00 p.m. Event concludes