Immigration And America

“Immigration and America” Fall Outreach Series

Presented by the UCA College of Liberal Arts

Immigration in Arkansas

Tuesday, September 26, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00pm UCA Downtown

This session brings together historical perspectives on immigration in Arkansas, an analysis of current issues facing immigrant communities, and personal testimonies from students and community members about their own experiences.

Speakers include: Dr. Bill Schwab, University of Arkansas Sociology Department; Dr. Michael Rosenow, UCA History Dept; Mr. Russell Carey, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; Dr. Rifat Akhter, UCA Sociology Dept ; Guadalupe Jasso De Arcos, UCA Student and President of Latinxs Leadership Empowerment and Development, and more.

Immigration Service Fair

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00pm UCA Downtown

This session informs students and community members about how they can become more involved in working with organizations that help immigrant communities. The session will include discussions from students and faculty members who’ve engaged in service learning projects as well as a service-fair in which attendees can learn more about various organizations.

Organizations include: Faulkner County Coalition for Social Justice, Faulkner County Juvenile Court, Interfaith Arkansas, Latinxs Leadership Empowerment and Development, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, Seis Puentes, El Zócalo, Arkansas United Community Coalition, and League of United Latin American Citizens.

The Melting Pot – Politics and Culture in a Diverse Society

Thursday, November 9th, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00pm UCA Downtown

This session explores ongoing and historical debates about America’s identity as a nation of immigrants, exploring the politics surrounding appropriation, assimilation, bilingualism, and other issues.

Speakers include: Jim Deitrick, Philosopy and Religion; Dong Xie, Psychology; Sharon Mason, Philosopy and Religion; Conrad Shumaker, English; Bi-Ling Chen, English; Suzanne Johnston, Languages and Linguistics.

Humanitarian Issues and Immigration Policy

Monday, December 4th, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00pm UCA Downtown

This session explores the circumstances and experiences of people fleeing conditions of danger or duress in their home countries and considers the options available to them for those seeking refuge in the U.S. How do we decide which and how many people to accept? How do our humanitarian policies for accepting foreigners compare to other countries or regions? What does the application processes entail? How does politics come into play when considering these cases? What is the adaptation/integration process like for these individuals?

Speakers include: Dr. John Passe-Smith, Political Science; Fritzie Vammen, Esq., Dr. Kristin Okoli, Languages and Linguistics