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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). 


Migration | 2022 - 2023

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.  



"A Survivor's Story: Turning Pain into Power and Making the Impossible Happen"
Featuring Claude Gatebuke, Executive Director of the African Great Lakes Action Network

Claude Gatebuke is a genocide and civil war survivor from Rwanda who has dedicated his life to human rights activism. Gatebuke will discuss his journey to become the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN) as well as his book, Survivors Uncensored, which features 100+ testimonies from survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and pre- and post-genocide Rwanda. More on Gatebuke's incredible story can be found here.

When: Thursday, April 13 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North
Presented by: African Studies and the African Diaspora Program
Missed the lecture? Watch the recording.



"Ideological Perspectives, Immigration Bias and Legal Decision Making"
Featuring Dr. Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, Associate Professor of Psychology at 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 
Missed this lecture? Watch the recording.



"Migration and Miscommunication"
Featuring Dr. Katerina Linos, Professor of Law at 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.



"The Making of a Migrant Public Sphere: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the Midwest"
Featuring Dr. Juan Ignacio Mora, Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University - Bloomington

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



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

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


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