Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

IMPRISONED, FORGOTTEN, AND DEPORTED: Immigration Detention, Advocacy, and the Faith Community

October 13th, 2011 - October 14th, 2011

Location
Loyola University, New Orleans

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida announces a conference, "Imprisoned, Forgotten, and Deported: Immigration Detention, Advocacy, and the Faith Community," at Loyola University, New Orleans, on October 13-14, 2011. The conference is jointly co-sponsored by the UF Center for Latin American Studies, the Jesuit Social Research Institute, the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic, the Center for Social Justice, and the College of Law at Loyola University, and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. The Ford Foundation is providing major funding for the event.

The conference builds on work of the Center's Initiative for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change in the US South with support from the Ford Foundation. The goals of the conference are: 1) to raise public awareness of the realities of (immigrant) detention in the South and understand its major elements; 2) to engage scholars and the university communities more deeply in the detention reality in the South; 3) to assess the impact of (immigrant) detention on faith communities and develop a more comprehensive faith/theological framework for looking at and responding to detention; 4) to expand advocacy strategies for dealing with detention and explore alternatives to detention; and 5) to re-frame public policy regarding the detention of unauthorized immigrants and native-born minorities.

In order to achieve these goals, the conference organizers are convening a diverse group of policy and opinion makers, graduate and undergraduate students, lawyers, members of faith communities, activists, leaders in the local African-American and Latino communities, as well as scholars of immigration and religion. Featured speakers and panelists include:
Laura Sullivan, National Public Radio

  • Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics, Iliff School of Theology
  • Frank Sharry, America's Voice
  • Kevin Appleby, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Andrea Black, Detention Watch Network
  • Dr. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections

More information on registration and accommodations can be found at the University of Florida Event Page

For program information, please contact Dr. Manuel Vásquez at the University of Florida by phone (352) 273-2945 or email.

For logistical information, please contact Alisa Woofter at the University of Florida, email

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The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial

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Kátia Felipini, Coordinator, São Paulo Resistance Memorial, will give a talk entitled “The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial.” The talk will be in Portuguese.

The Resistance Memorial is Brazil's first national memorial dedicated to preserving memories of the political resistance and repression that occurred during the civil-military dictatorship that governed the country from 1964 to 1985. Kátia Felipini, who participated as a museologist in developing the memorial and now serves as its coordinator, will discuss the complex process of the memorial's creation and the lessons it offers for other sites in Brazil and around the world. This lecture will be given in Portuguese.

Sponsored by the Center for Scholars, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb-Tulane College, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (ratencio@tulane.edu).

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University presents: “Politics and Violence in Latin America: Democracy in the Criticism of Arms,” a talk by Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Bosteels is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism, among other works.

For more information on this event, please contact Josefa Salmon at salmon@loyno.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Caribbean, The Languages & Cultures Department at Loyola University, Rev. Scott Youree Watson, Gregory F. Curtin & Rev. Guy Lemieux SJ SAK Distinguished Professorships.

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The Pebbles Center turns 10!

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The Pebbles Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The 10th anniversary falls on Dia, a celebration of children and reading. To celebrate, the Pebbles Center is hosting renowned children’s book author Jorge Argueta. Mr. Argueta was a guest at the inauguration of the Pebbles Center 10 years ago. See photographs from Mr. Argueta’s previous visit here. He will present an interactive presentation based on some of his most recent books.

Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children’s books have received numerous awards. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salvador. He feels that everybody is capable of writing, especially young children who are natural poets! Argueta has written a series of delicious cooking poems perfect for reading while cooking or incorporating food into the classroom. Come out and celebrate with us!

Children and parents will be able to enjoy a wonderful reading and a workshop highlighting the delicious foods found in his books. We will be of course providing snacks as well as be able to distribute a handful of bilingual books donated by the New Orleans Public Library.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida. Ven a celebrar con nosotros el día con autor salvadoreño Jorge Argueta.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleáns.

For more information or if you have questions please contact the Latin American Resource Center at crcrts@tulane.edu or check our Facebook page.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the New Orleans Public Library.

Photo by Nina Menconi.

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