I/M/MIGRATION, the 2007 Bellarmine Forum

October 28 - November 3, 2007.

Tentative Schedule (Subject to change):

Sunday, October 28

8 pm Mass, Sacred Heart Chapel
Presider: Fr. José Ignacio Badenes, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures

Monday, October 29

10-11:30 am Confronting our Past, Embracing our Future: Re-thinking U.S. Immigration History
The panel of renowned scholars will examine the topic of migration and immigration historically. An overview of immigration will direct our discussion throughout the ensuing week as we think contemporarily, artistically, literarily, and spiritually about the dimensions of immigration in American life and in a Jesuit Marymount institution in particular.

Moderator: Vicki Ruiz, Ph.D., Department of History, UCI
David Gutiérrez, Ph.D., Department of History, UCSD
Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Ph.D., Department of History, Brown University
Albert Hurtado, Ph.D., Department of History, University of Oklahoma
Brenda Stevenson, Ph.D., Department of History, UCLA

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

1:15-2:30 pm Keynote: Wole Soyinka
Nobel Laureate (Literature, 1986) and LMU’s President’s Marymount Institute Professor in Residence.

"Othello's Dominions, Immigrant Domain”

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

3-4:30 pm Law, Policy, Critical Theories of Migration
This panel examines and critiques contemporary developments in American immigration law and policy. Leading scholars who have written extensively on immigration law over the past twenty years will discuss how immigration rules have enhanced race and class inequalities, and how immigration status itself is becoming a major axis for social inequality. We will discuss policies governing admissions, enforcement, and deportation, and we will also present leading federal cases that have shaped immigration law and policy since 1980. Finally, we will discuss current proposals for reform as well as their possible consequences.

Moderator: John Park, Ph.D., Department of Asian American Studies, UCSB
Kevin Johnson, J.D., School of Law, UC Davis
Bill Ong Hing, J.D., School of Law, UC Davis  
Karin Wang, J.D.,Vice President of Programs, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

6-10 pm Peruvian Theatre Group, Yuyachkani, St. Robert's Audtitorium
(Organized by Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures)

St. Robert's Auditorium

Tuesday, October 30

9:25-10:40 am Poetic Passages
This panel will discuss the intersections of language, migration, and imagination. Distinguished panelists will speak regarding the histories and effects of migrations of peoples, cultures, music, languages, and literatures. Student art presentations will springboard the discussions for this panel.

Moderator: Stella Oh-Park, Ph.D., Department of Women’s Studies, LMU
Ketu Katrak, Ph.D., Department of Asian American Studies, UCI
Viet Nguyen, Ph.D., Department of English, USC
Marcyliena Morgan, Ph.D., Department of Communication, Stanford University
Otto Santa Ana, Ph.D., Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

 1:35-3 pm Migration Studies at LMU
Sometimes we imagine migration to be historical and global. Other times, contemporary and local. The panelists address Balkan immigration in Greek cinema, Korean Americans’ returns to their ancestors’ homelands, comparative study of immigrant politics in the West, and the migration of Native Americans to Los Angeles.

Moderator: Rowena Robles, Ph.D. and Steven Rosales, Ph.D., American Cultures, LMU
Katerina Zacharia, Ph.D., Department of Classics, LMU
Nadia Kim, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, LMU
Mara Marks, Ph.D., Urban Studies, LMU
Nicholas G. Rosenthal, Ph.D., Department of History, LMU

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

6-8 pm Beyond the Walls—Global Literary Investigation (Panel and Reception)
The great contradiction of our era of globalization is the way some walls and barriers come down while others are fortified. This panel of renowned authors will provide a forum for cross-border literary exchange among authors who face “walls” in their lives and work. The discussion will focus on the human elements of globalization—in particular, migration between the first world and the global South—to create a dynamic, comparative dialogue about its media and literary representation. The authors offer testimony, polemic and critique as well as rendering geographies of the past, present, and future.

Moderator: Rubén Martínez, Department of English, LMU
Laila Lalami
Loida Maritza Pérez
Heriberto Yepez
Andrew Lam

Marymount Institute

Wednesday, October 31

10 am-Noon Invisible Scholars: Undocumented Students in Higher Education
It is estimated that in the year 2000, approximately 2.5 million undocumented youth under age 18 were living in the U.S. and each year, over 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools. This session will provide an in-depth examination of the challenges facing undocumented students who seek a college degree. The panelists will offer multiple perspectives through the lens of a college student, a former high school teacher, a public school administrator, and a university professor. Participants will gain insight, awareness, and understanding into this complex and controversial social justice issue.

Moderator: Helen Alatorre, Office of Chicano Latino Student Services, LMU
Abel Valenzuela, Ph.D., Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Urban Planning, UCLA
Howard Shorr, High School History Teacher
Paz Maya Oliverez, Ph.D., Higher Education Researcher, LAUSD.
Tam Tran, Student Member, UCLA-IDEAS

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University Hall 1000, Ahmanson Auditorium

3-4 pm Migration Studies at Jesuit Universities: The Jesuit Academic Migration Network
This panel will present the role of migration studies in Jesuit universities. In addition to highlighting the national commitment of the U.S. Jesuit Conference to migration studies, reflection, and advocacy, the panel will provide concrete examples of how various Jesuit universities around the world are implementing migration studies in the curriculum, research, and service. Close attention will be paid to linking Jesuit university mission to migration studies.

Moderator: Jill Marie Gerschutz, Policy Associate, Jesuit Conference
Richard Ryscavage, S.J., Department of Sociology, Fairfield University
Lois A. Lorentzen, Ph.D., Department of Theology and Religious Studies, USF

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

4:15-6 pm Migration and the Jesuit Parish: Dolores Mission
This presentation will feature a discussion of the concrete reality of a dynamic Jesuit parish in Boyle Heights (East Los Angeles) that serves a largely immigrant community. In liturgy, prayer, education and community action, Dolores Mission parish responds to the unique needs of the community grounded by a common Ignatian spirituality and a commitment to justice. One of the most concrete examples of their commitment to migrants is the Guadalupe Homeless Project, a sanctuary shelter that provides 60 men (most of them immigrant day laborers) with food and shelter. Over the past two years, the community has been engaged in concrete prayer, fasting, action, and advocacy on behalf of federal immigration reform. The participants in dialogue will discuss their faithful witness, their own experiences, and their strategies for action.

Moderator: Kristin Heyer, Ph.D., Department of Theological Studies, LMU
Sean Carroll, SJ, Associate Pastor, Dolores Mission
Rita Chairez, Director, Communidad en Movimiento at Dolores Mission
Arturo López, Pastoral Associate, Dolores Mission

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

6:45-830 pm Los Angeles Premiere of "POSADA"
"Posada" explores the journeys that tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children take to find shelter in the U.S. The 57-minute documentary by Mark McGregor, S.J. (LMU ’02) tells the hardships and hopes of Johny, Densi and Wilber. "Posada" relates their stories with that of Las Posadas, a traditional Mexican Christmas procession that reenacts the story of Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay.

Comments and Discussion:
Mark McGregor, S.J., Director, Producer, and Writer. Bannan Fellow at Santa Clara University Sylvia Morales, M.F.A., School of Film and Television, LMU Michael G. Lee, S.J. Ed.D., Department of Theological Studies, LMU Amy Molina , (LMU '04), Interviewed in "Posada"
Members of the "Posada" cast

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

Thursday, November 1

10:50 am-
12:05 pm
Religion, Spiritualities, and Migration
Los Angeles occupies a unique position as both the largest Catholic archdiocese in the US, and the most religiously diverse city in the world. This panel will examine issues of religious diversity in Los Angeles. The panel is held on All Saints Day, celebrated among Latino/a communities as Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Professors Lara Medina and Yreina Cervantez (CSUN) will begin by discussing the diversity among different communities who celebrate Day of the Dead. Rick Nahmias is a photographer who has documented Latino/a communities with The Migrant Project , and religious diversity through Golden States of Grace . He will discuss issues of those who through their immigration status or religious practices are often on the margins of society. The panel will conclude with Professor Tracy Tiemeier (LMU) discussing her work on Asian American theology.

Moderator: Amir Hussain, Ph.D., Department of Theological Studies, LMU
Lara Medina, Ph.D., Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, CSUN
Yreina Cervantez, MFA, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, CSUN
Rick Nahmias, Artist
Tracy Tiemeier, Ph.D., Department of Theological Studies, LMU

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

1:35-3 pm Conversation: Survivor Stories from the Shoah to L.A.
This panel first provides historical background to the Holocaust, situating the discussion in the broader context of migration (i.e., the notion of forced population transfers leading to the Holocaust and the resulting refugee/displaced persons crisis for survivors). After examining the notion of migration within the context of the Holocaust, the four authors and Holocaust survivors--whose lives were upturned and who were uprooted as a result of the Holocaust--discuss their individual stories of survival and migration from Europe to Los Angeles. While the survivors will focus on the paths they followed as they moved ever westward, settling and raising families in Los Angeles, they will also comment on the crisis of the event that lead to so many millions of murdered and displaced persons.

Moderator: Holli Levitsky, Ph.D., Department of English and Holocaust Studies, LMU
Elizabeth Drummond, Ph.D., Department of History, LMU
Drs. Sam and Gertrude Goetz
Mr. Kurt Lowens
Mr. Zenon Neumark

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

4-7 pm Migration and the Politics of Los Angeles
This session will discuss the impact of politics and other factors--advocacy, leadership, culture, organizations, demographics, geography, history and research--on migration and immigration in the United States. A special presentation will recognize leaders of local migration and immigration efforts as part of The Leavey Center's signature study, the Leadership Initiative.

Moderator: Fernando Guerra, Ph.D., Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Political Science, LMU
Stewart Kwoh, J.D., Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
David Ayon, Senior Research Associate, The Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, LMU
Monica Lozano, Publisher and CEO, La Opinion

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

Friday, November 2

10-11:30 am Latinos, Blacks, y Afro-Latinos Today: A Dialogue
This dialogue between the presenters, co-authors of an important volume on the meaning of race and blackness in different countries of the Americas, Neither Enemies Nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos (2005) , and the audience, is aimed to create conversation about race, ethnicity, identity, as well as diaspora, citizenship, immigration, and the contemporary meanings of belonging in the United States today.

Moderator: Deena J. González, Ph.D., Department of Chicana/o Studies, LMU
Suzanne Oboler, Ph.D., Suzanne Oboler, Ph.D. Department of Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Anani Dzidzienyo, Ph.D., Department of Africana Studies, Brown University

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

1 pm Keynote: Cardinal Roger Mahony
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony was born on February 27, 1936 in North Hollywood, California. Ordained a priest in 1962 in the Fresno Diocese, he was named Archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985 and elevated to Cardinal in 1991. In January 2006, Cardinal Mahony launched The Justice for Immigrants Campaign in Los Angeles, a national effort to educate and galvanize Catholics of the need for justice for immigrants.

Hilton 100

3-4:30 pm Media Migrations: Gender, Representation, and Cultural Movement(s)
This panel will explore the concept of “media migrations” from two perspectives. It will explore representations of migration, in terms of the movement of bodies across borders, and it will explore the movement of media itself, in the form of images and ideas, across culture, space, and time. It will examine how media migrations inform social identities, in relation to gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, nation, and class. The panel’s focus on the intersection of gender and media is designed to explore how social constructions of masculinity and femininity are negotiated in dialogue with media and how media that engages migration themes and/or moves within or across spatial territories serves to socialize, reveal, or reinvent gender identities in complex and unconventional ways.

Moderator and Discussant: Dionne Bennett, Ph.D., Department of African American Studies, LMU
Richard "Sonny" Espinoza, Ph.D. Department of Chicana/o Studies, LMU
Min Jin Lee, Writer
Frederick Moten, Ph.D., Department of English, USC
Nicole Hodges, Doctoral Student, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

University Hall 1000
Ahmanson Auditorium

Saturday, November 3

2:30-4:30 pm Facilitators: Professors Judith Royer, Judy Scalin, and Laurel Ollstein
In this seventh annual presentation of “Artists Speak,” LMU students gifted in creative writing, dance, theatre arts, music, film, visual arts, and other endeavors share their responses to the topic of “migration and immigration” as issues which impact themselves, their communities, and the world. This event showcases performances and exhibits of original works reflecting the gifts, creativity and passion of the artists at LMU.

Murphy Recital Hall


Exhibition: Tony Gleaton, “Africa’s Legacy in México.”

Tony Gleaton’s poignant portraits feature the present-day descendants of African slaves brought to Mexico beginning in the sixteenth century by Spaniards bringing to light a lesser-known aspect of the African Diaspora. 

  • LABAND ART GALLERY, Carolyn Peter, Director and Curator
  • September 8, 2007 to November 18, 2007

Exhibition: The "1939" Club, "Our Families: A Photographic/Biographic Exhibit"
The exhibit introduces us to "The World that Was" - Jewish life in 19th and early 20th century Europe. The photographs reveal the daily lives of ordinary families, families like our own. But each photograph is a personal treasure of family members who were murdered in the Holocaust and individuals who survived the trauma of the Holocaust and migrated to America to build a new life. Their story is told in the text that accompanies each picture. The exhibit includes maps, glossary, gazetteer and geographical index.

  • October 29, 2007 to November 3, 2007

Bellarmine Forum Gathering Place: University Hall, Suite 4400

  • Ongoing videos, photo slide shows, websites, and lounge.