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International Seminar Series : “Climate Refugees in the Global Age of Migration: Puerto Rican Migration in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria”

Wednesday, September 19th 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Title of Presentation: Climate Refugees in the Global Age of Migration: Puerto Rican Migration in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Speaker: Dr. Maura Toro-Morn, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University

Presentation Overview: The effects of global warming has created a new category of migration: climate refugees. These are people who have been uprooted by climate events. My presentation will address how one climate event, hurricane Maria, uprooted Puerto Rican’s across social classes, many left the island temporarily and permanently. My presentation will address the larger context of Puerto Rican migration, the experiences of those who left, and how the Puerto Rican diaspora mobilized to offer help.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Maura Toro-Morn, as a scholar in the fields of immigration and sociology, has always been curious about why people move, how, and what are the consequences of their movements thus she has devoted a significant part of her career to studying migrations in a global perspective. She began to address the complexities of migration while researching the social class and gender dimensions of Puerto Rican migration to Chicago. She is part of a generation of scholars that has taken on that task of exploring the gender specific qualities of contemporary migrations, work that has contributed to the historicizing Latino immigration to the Midwest and to making the experiences of women immigrants across diverse geographies visible. Her work is also relevant because it contributes to analyzing how gender and race systems of inequality intersect in the recruitment and deployment of Latina women workers. Through both her research and teaching, she is devoted to investigating, teaching, and working toward equality for people on issues of ethnicity, race, gender, and social class. This commitment was recognized in 1998 when Toro-Morn was awarded the David Strand Diversity Award.

Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2018 series will focus on immigration.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
(309) 438-4636