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Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013 through
    Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Radcliffe Gymnasium
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
The band Quetzal performs on stage. Lead singer Martha Gonzalez holds a mic and sings.
The "Crossing Borders" conference began with a performance by Quetzal, a bilingual rock band from East Los Angeles whose songs tell the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Each year, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University hosts a conference that explores the role of gender in a significant aspect of the human experience. This year’s conference is titled “Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas.”

Academics, practitioners, and artists from across all fields will investigate changing immigration trends and examine how gender, race, and social class shape the experience of immigrants and their children in the Americas.

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Event Videos

The band Quetzal performs on stage. Lead singer Martha Gonzalez holds a mic and sings.

Quetzal Performance


Moderator: Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College


Frances R. Aparicio, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program, Northwestern University


Martha Gonzalez, Lead Singer, Quetzal and PhD Candidate, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington


George Lipsitz, Professor, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mary C. Waters speaks at a podium with one arm raised.

Welcome Remarks and Opening Speaker


WELCOME REMARKS

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


Mary C. Waters, Conference Chair, M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University


OPENING SPEAKER

Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize—winning Journalist and Author of the national best seller, Enrique's Journey

Rubén Rumbaut stands at a podium speaking.

Introductory Address and Discussion


INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

Rubén Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences University of California, Irvine


Discussion and Q&A with Sonia Nazario and Rubén Rumbaut


Moderator: Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Margarita Alegria, Donna R. Gabaccia, Robert C. Smith, and Carola Suárez-Orozco sit at a panel table. A screen hanging above them reads,

The Gendering of International Migration


Donna R. Gabaccia, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History and Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Carola Suárez-Orozco, Professor of Psychological Studies in Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA


Robert C. Smith, Professor of Sociology, Immigration Studies, and Public Affairs, School of Public Affairs, City University of New York, Baruch College


Q&A moderated by Margarita Alegria, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Natasha Kumar Warikoo, Roberto G. Gonzales, Flore Zéphir, and Raquel Fernández sit at a panel table. Raquel Fernández is speaking while the others listen.

The Children of Immigrants


Roberto G. Gonzales, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago


Flore Zéphir, Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Missouri


Raquel Fernández, Professor of Economics, New York University


Q&A moderated by Natasha Kumar Warikoo, Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Nancy Foner speaks at a podium.

Concluding Remarks and Closing


CONCLUDING REMARKS

Moderator: Edward Schumacher-Matos, Ombudsman, NPR


Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, City University of New York, Hunter College


CLOSING

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


Mary C. Waters, Conference Chair and M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

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