Join the Arnold School of Public Health’s Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies* for the 6th Conference on Immigration to the US South: “Immigrants Making an Impact: Challenges and Opportunities in the South and Nationwide.” The three-day conference will be held October 13-15 at the Public Health Research Center (921 Assembly Street Columbia, S.C. 29201) on the University of South Carolina’s main campus.
The meeting will showcase research, community-based programs, advocacy work, and art. There will be a plenary session during the conference to explore the possibility of establishing an Immigration Studies (or Migration Studies) Association.
One of the keynote speakers for the event will be Dr. Silvia Pedraza, a Professor of Sociology and American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Pedraza was born and raised in Cuba, from where she immigrated with her family at the age of 12. Her research interests include the sociology of immigration, race, and ethnicity in America, and the sociology of Cuba’s revolution and exodus. She places particular stress on comparative studies, both historical and contemporary. Her work seeks to understand the causes and consequences of immigration as a historical process that forms and transforms persons and nations; as well as social revolutions’ rupture with the past and attempt to create a different present.
Dr. Pedraza holds a B. A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. A few of her publications include: Political Disaffection in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus (Cambridge University Press, 2007); “Assimilation or Transnationalism: Conceptual Models of the Immigrant Experience,” in The Cultural Psychology of Immigrants, edited by Ram Mahalingham (Lawrence Earlbaum, 2006); and “Women and Migration: the Social Consequences of Gender,” Annual Review of Sociology (1991).