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Global Challenges: Migration Conference, March 5 - 6

Feb 25, 2010 by Jon Western in Five College Events

Mount Holyoke College's McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives will host the conference Global Challenges: Migration March 5-6 in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building at Mount Holyoke College. The event will bring together scholars from different fields, perspectives, and countries to address the political and ethical dilemmas that migration poses for communities and states throughout the world.


The conference will begin Friday, March 5, at 8 pm with a keynote address by Aristide Zolberg, Walter P. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at the New School for Social Research in New York City. His talk is titled “Why Not the Whole World: Ethical Dilemmas of Immigration Policies.”

On Saturday, March 6, panel discussions will begin at 8:30 am on the topics of Security and Migration, Political Economy of Migration, and Citizenship and Political Engagement. The nine panelists will include Fiona Adamson, senior lecturer in international relations, School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London, on “Long-Distance Conflict, Diaspora Mobilization, and International Security,” and Erik Bleich, associate professor of political science at Middlebury College, on “Free Speech or Hate Speech: The Danish Cartoon Controversy in the European Legal Context.”

“Migration is one of the volatile issues in politics today, whether in the United States, Europe, or the Middle East,” said Kavita Khory, acting director of the McCulloch Center and organizer of the conference. “It excites deep passions and fears, revealing anxieties about economic and political security that transcend territorial boundaries. Unfortunately, so many debates about migration lack any sense of history or comparative perspectives. We are convening a group of scholars who will engage in precisely the kind of historically informed analysis that is required for sound policies. It is a rare and exciting opportunity for students to participate in a conference with some of the most prominent scholars in the field, whose work they are reading this semester in a course on migration taught by several Mount Holyoke faculty.”

MHC’s Jon Western, Five College Associate Professor of International Relations; Calvin Chen, associate professor of politics; and Joan Cocks, professor of politics, will serve as moderators and discussants of the panels. The panel presentations will be published.

The conference will end with concluding remarks at 3:45 pm. All events will take place in Gamble Auditorium and are free and open to the public.


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