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Social, Ethnic, and Racial Boundaries on Campus and Community in the 21st Century: Race and Immigration Under the Trump Administration

Friday, February 9th 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Description

Illinois State University will host a two-day conference to explore how people see race and ethnicity in the time of Donald Trump.

Social, Ethnic, and Racial Boundaries on Campus and Community in the 21st Century will be February 9-10 in the Prairie Room at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State. The conference is free and open to the public.

Each day will carry its own theme, with Friday dedicated to “Race and Immigration Under the Trump Administration” and Saturday examining “Microaggressions in Everyday Life.” Both days will include international scholars, speakers, and local community leaders who will explore issues through panels, roundtables dialogues, and films.

Friday, February 9
Race and Immigration Under the Trump Administration

8:15-8:25 a.m.: Opening Remarks
James Skibo (Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, ISU)

8:30-10 a.m.: Guns, Policing, and Weapons
Chair and Moderator: Rebecca Geahart Mafazy (Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, Professor of Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan)

Andy Clarno (Acting Director of the Social Justice Initiative and Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago)
Title: Big Data Policing: The Surveillance of Black, Latinx, and Arab/Muslim Communities in Chicago

Ky Ajayi (Bloomington-Normal Black Lives Matter)
Title: Struggle yields success: Civilian Review Board in Bloomington

Presenters: Louis Perez (Emeritus Professor of History, ISU), Chuck Springwood (Professor of Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan), James Stanlaw (Professor of Anthropology, ISU), Roger Thomas (Professor of Japanese, ISU), and Charlotte Alvarez (Executive Director/Staff Attorney, the Immigration Project)
Title: Cross-cultural Perspectives: Japan and American


10:10-11:40 a.m.: Global issues of Middle Eastern Travel Bans
Chair: T. Y. Wang (Chair of Politics and Government, ISU)

William Beeman (Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota)
Title: From Open Society to Closed Society: The Shrinking of American Cultural Borders in the Trump Era

Erik Love (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dickinson College)
Title: What’s Really New About the “Travel Ban?”; Islamophobic Discrimination in the United States, 1980-2017

Sabri Ciftci (Michael W. Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University)
Title: The Other Side of the “Travel Ban”: Religion, Anti-Americanism, and Muslim Political Attitudes Toward Violent Extremism


11:40 a.m.-1:40 p.m.: Lunch Banquet and Film
Chair: Roger Thomas (Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)

12:20-1 p.m.: Film, And Then They Came For US
As members of the Trump administration have raised the specter of a Muslim registry and instituted an immigration ban against people from Muslim majority countries, they have cited the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as the precedent. As the documentary And Then They Came for Us demonstrates, the registration and incarceration of Japanese Americans was one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in American history. The U.S. government lied about the threat of espionage to justify the incarceration. Not a single person was ever convicted of espionage or treason. As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which was signed by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, the film documents through the use of photos taken by Dorothea Lange and others, the damage this order did to 120,000 people, two thirds of whom were American citizens.

1-1:20 p.m.: After-Film Elaborations
Nobuko Adachi (Director of the Ethnicity and Ethnography Laboratory and Research Center, and Associate Professor of Anthropology, ISU)
Title: They Came for Them, They’re Coming for Us, and Then They Will Come For You: The Fear of Today’s Transnational Migrants in the United States in Comparisons to the Experiences of Japanese Diaspora Communities in the Twentieth Century

1:40-2:50: DACA and DAPA, Undocumented Students, and Immigration Policy: Stigmatized View of Hispanic and Latinx Americans
Chair: Maura Toro-Morn (Director of Latin American and Latino Studies, and Professor of Sociology, ISU)

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Loyola University)
Title: “Why Don’t They Just Get Legal?”: Barriers to Legal Status Adjustment for Undocumented and DACAmented Youth

William Lopez (School of Public Health, University of Michigan)
Title: Who is Removed, and Who is Left Behind? Deportation in Mixed-status Communities in an Era of Increased Deportation.

Thalia Novoa (Department of Justice Accredited Representative, the Immigration Project)
Title: “Just like me” How a Border Changes Futures within Families and the Community.


3-5 p.m.: Workshop: Sanctuary Resolutions on Cities and Campuses
Moderator: James Stanlaw (Professor of Anthropology, ISU)

Presenters: Mike Matejka (Great Plains Laborer’s District Council), Mayor of Bloomington Tari Renner, Mayor of Normal Chris Koos, Charlotte Alvarez (Executive Director/Staff Attorney, the Immigration Project), Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Gregory Simpson, and Frank Beck (Associate Professor of Sociology)

6-8 p.m.: Dinner at Los Potrillos

For additional information, contact nadachi@IllinoisState.edu.

Sponsors for the conference include Illinois State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming Advisory Committee (MECCPAC), the School of Social Work, the Department of History, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of Politics and Government, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute, Milner Library, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), and the Harold K. Sage Fund and the Illinois State University Foundation. The event is organized by the Ethnicity and Ethnography Laboratory and Research Center (EELRC) at Illinois State University.


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