Immigration, Refuge, and Sanctuary | A Panel
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

Immigration, Refuge, and Sanctuary
A Panel

February 28

Smith Memorial Student Union
SMSU RM 238 | Browsing Lounge

FREE  open to the public


Please join us for an interdisciplinary discussion on the current controversies over immigration—including undocumented immigration, travel bans, political & economic asylum, and the rise of nativism—in context of the history of global migration.





Christina Luther (International Affairs Office)

Christina Luther has been advising international students since 1996 when she returned to the U.S. after three years of teaching English in Germany. She has two degrees from Portland State University and is happy to have made a career of helping international students acclimate to the city she has called home for all but 10 years of her life. 



Laura Robson (History Department)

Laura Robson is an associate professor of modern Middle Eastern history at Portland State University. Her book States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (University of California, 2017) explores the history of forced migration, population exchanges, and refugee resettlement in Iraq, Syria, and Palestine during the interwar period. She is also the editor of Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives.  
Marc Rodriguez (History Department)

Marc Rodriguez is Associate Professor of History and Managing Editor of the Pacific Historical Review at PSU. He was awarded the 2012 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Book Award for TheTejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). His most recent book, Rethinking the Chicano Movement (Routledge Press, 2015), is a synthetic history of the Mexican American civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  



Alex Stepick (Sociology Department)

Alex Stepick’s work focuses on the impacts of immigration in ten books and over 50 articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith, (NYU Press, 2013) is a historical and ethnographic study of Haitian religion in immigrant communities, based on fieldwork in both Miami and Haiti. 








Patricia A. Schechter (History & Judaic Studies Program) 

Patricia A. Schechter has taught at PSU since 1995. Her interests are in US gender, civil rights, transnational and labor history. Her first book, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930 won the 2012 Sierra Book Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians. Her current project focuses on labor, gender, and colonial politics in a French-dominated Spanish coal mining town in the interwar period.





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