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Speaking at Chapman University

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Mar 19, 2012

Last Friday, I visited Chapman University in Orange County to participate in the Chapman University and Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Public Sociology Conference entitled, Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance.  This interdisciplinary  conference sought to encourage meaningful conversations and practices between scholars, policy makers and local Latino/a communities on undocumented immigrants in Orange County. It was organized by the Department of Sociology of Wilkinson College in collaboration with the College of Education Studies and the School of Law at Chapman University.  The conference tackled topics including:

• Contextualizing the Immigration Debate and Making Sense of the Backlash against the Undocumented

• The Criminalization of Immigration and the Violence on the Borders

• Education and Resistance: Pedagogical Nuances and the Dare to DREAM Movement

• Solutions to Immigration: Cutting across National and Local Dimensions

• Exclusion Versus Inclusion: Why Assisting the Undocumented Makes for Healthier Communities

I was on the first panel and presented a paper analyzing Alabama’s immigration enforcement law, H.B. 56, which is said to be the toughest state immigration law in the United States.