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Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Migration: 2022 - 2023 Interdisciplinary Lecture Series presented by the College of Arts and Sciences' interdisciplinary programs

The College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Lecture Series returns this fall with a free six-part series on the topic of Migration. The series, which is hosted in partnership with CAS interdisciplinary program directors, invites well-known national and international scholars, authors, and experts in select fields to help us dive into social and cultural issues.  

While each series has a distinct focus, various perspectives are woven together to create a foundation of knowledge. This program is open to the Loyola community, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff and is available in a hybrid format. Previous topics included Global Racism in Comparative Perspective (2021) and Information, Misinformation, and Disinformation in Global Affairs (2022). 

2022-23 Interdisciplinary Lecture Series on Migration

Human history is a shared chronicle of migration. According to a recent United Nations World Migration Report, there are over 281 million migrants around the world. These migrants bring with them a multitude of proven benefits for their new homes: new languages, cultures, customs, and economic activity. Migrants have always faced threats to their rights, dignity and well-being. The early stages of the global pandemic posed a new challenge altogether, essentially halting the movement of peoples between countries. However, remittances have rebounded and even reached historical highs in several countries, signaling that global migration will continue as it has in the past. This Interdisciplinary Lecture Series includes presentations and discussions on a variety of topics that incite, impede, or are consequent of migration both within the United States and across the world. 

See below for the topics, dates, times and to register.

Note: The schedule will continue to be updated throughout the academic year.  

Upcoming events


"Ideological Perspectives, Immigration Bias and Legal Decision Making" featuring Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda's research interests are focused on the motivations for and cognitive processes about "race" and ethnic bias, particularly against America's indigenous populations (Mexican Americans and American Indians). Dr. Esqueda and her students' research focuses on race and ethnic bias and the impact for legal process, legal outcomes, and health and well-being. 

When: Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North
Presented by: Psychology of Crime & Justice Program 
Register to attend


Climate Refugees: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Migration

From floods to wildfires to droughts, the changing climate increasingly impacts human migration, adding to the growing number of displaced people worldwide. Loyola University Chicago's annual Climate Change Conference will convene experts from multiple disciplines to explore how climate-driven migration will affect communities locally and globally. The conference draws inspiration from Loyola's enduring Jesuit values of social justice, service to humanity, and care for our world, highlighting the need for just and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. 

When: Thursday, March 16 | 6 - 8 PM (with a reception to follow)
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North
Presented by: School of Environmental Sustainability
Learn more and register to attend


Title: To be announced
When: Thursday, April 13 | 4-5 PM 
Where: To be announced
Presented by: African Studies and the African Diaspora Program 
Registration coming soon... 

Past events


"From Globalism to Retro-Capitalism: Rising Authoritarianism and Immigration in the United States" featuring Dr. Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Princeton University

When: Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Global Studies Program 
Missed this lecture? Watch the recording.


"The Making of a Migrant Public Sphere: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the Midwest” featuring Dr. Juan Ignacio Mora, Indiana University - Bloomington 

When: Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 4-5 PM
Where: Latin American & Latinx Studies Program 
Missed this lecture? Watch the recording.


"Migration and Miscommunication" featuring Dr. Katerina Linos, University of California - Berkeley  

When: Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North 
Presented by: Arabic Studies Program
Missed this lecture? Watch the recording.

Learn more about the lecture series from past years.