Sunday, September 16, 2007

Thomas Archdeacon Opens Special Immigration Series

This post has been circulated to the email group, but it doesn't hurt to repost. There's a schedule overlap b/w our 9/25 presentation dinner and one of the seminars.

Thomas Archdeacon Opens Special Immigration Series

UW-Madison history professor Thomas Archdeacon will present “Immigration Then and Now,” a free presentation at 7 pm Tuesday, September 11 at the Overture Center for the Arts (Capitol Theater), 201 State Street in Madison. In this first of a special four-part weekly series on “Understanding Immigration,” Archdeacon will examine immigration in our nation’s history and how it compares and contrasts with immigration today. Other presenters include immigration attorney Jose Olivieri and immigration policy experts Benjamin Johnson and Tamar Jacoby.

The program is a presentation of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters as part of its Academy Evening series. All programs will take place at 7 pm Tuesdays, September 11 – October 2 at the Overture Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Admission is free ($3 suggested donation). Seating is first come, first served in the 1100-seat Capitol Theater. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Maps and directions are available at

Presentations are as follows:

Tuesday, September 11, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Then and Now—Thomas Archdeacon
Thomas Archdeacon, UW-Madison professor of history, examines immigration in our nation’s history and how it compares and contrasts with immigration today.

Tuesday, September 18, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Here at Home—Jose Olivieri
Jose Olivieri, immigration attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, discusses the impact of immigration, particularly from Mexico, on Wisconsin’s workforce and other aspects of life in our state.

Tuesday, September 25, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Feeling Their Clout: The New Immigration and Political Power—Benjamin Johnson
Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington D.C., looks at the impact of immigration and organized immigrant advocacy groups on U.S. politics—on the streets and in the voting booth.

Tuesday, October 2, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Today: The Problem and the Debate about Solutions—Tamar Jacoby
Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be American, addresses immigration issues and solutions. What are the most vexing issues in immigration today, and how can we resolve them? What might constitute a just and sustainable immigration policy?

The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, founded in 1870, connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all walks of life to advance thought and culture in our state. The Wisconsin Academy's many programs include an art gallery for Wisconsin artists; a quarterly magazine about Wisconsin thought and culture (Wisconsin People & Ideas); public forums such as the Academy Evenings series; and the “Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin,” a public policy program that brings citizens together with farmers, universities, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, agribusiness leaders, and other stakeholders to shed light on a sector that is at the heart of Wisconsin’s identity and economy. For more information please visit

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Fall 2007 - Migration Group Meeting 9/10/07 @ Fair Trade Coffeehouse 4:45 pm

A number of individuals have written and stated that they cannot attend our first planning meeting. Not to worry! We will try a meeting at another late afternoon/early evening time in late September/early October.

[sent via e-mail on Fri, 9/07/07]

The Wisconsin Migration Research Group, chartered in fall 2006, is a cross disciplinary group at UW Madison dedicated to the exchange of research ideas related to the transnational process of migration and immigrants. We have an email list that reaches over 40 members at Madison (and elsewhere) and meet once per month to talk about our individual research ideas and keep each other informed of the latest research through the email list. We're having our kick off meeting to welcome new members and talk about program directions for this fall. Our current steering committee is comprised of graduate students and our faculty adviser is Prof. Ted Gerber. Lastly, we have a new blog ( and a facebook group (search for "Wisconsin Migration Research Group").

WHAT: 1st Meeting, where we will designate grads to share their in-progress research over monthly dinners. Papers can be circulated before the dinner.

WHEN: Monday, Sept 10 @ 4:45 pm (the only time we won't be eating dinner!)

WHERE: Fair Trade Coffeehouse on State Street

WHO: Open to Everyone



Steering Committee Members 2007-2008:

Darlyne Bautista, Southeast Asian Studies
Nicole Butkovich Kraus, Sociology
Feline Freier, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Mytoan Nguyen, Sociology
Nancy Nguyen, Southeast Asian Studies
Hae-Yeon Choo, Sociology

Thank you to our outgoing two Past Steering Committee 2006-2007 members:

Steven Alvarado, Sociology (temporarily at Princeton)
Vinthany Souvannarath, Sociology