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Latin American Migration Roundtable Nov. 29

Nov. 19, 2012

From top: Tricia Gabany-Guerrero, Alexandro J. Gradilla and Pilar Marrero

From top: Tricia Gabany-Guerrero, Alexandro J. Gradilla and Pilar Marrero


Latin American migration issues and America’s immigration issues will be discussed Nov. 29 at a roundtable discussion at Cal State Fullerton. The free event is open to the public.


Cal State Fullerton faculty members — Gerardo Arellano, lecturer in Chicana and Chicano studies; Tricia Gabany-Guerrero , assistant professor of anthropology; and Alexandro J. Gradilla , chair and associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies — and Pilar Marrero, senior political and immigration writer for La Opinion, are the featured speakers.

Marrero will discuss her book “Killing the American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists Are Destroying the Nation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Arellano will discuss the effects of migration. Gradilla will discuss historical issues related to immigration in the United States and the need to develop a permanent solution. Among Gabany-Guerrero’s topics of discussion will be the problems of repatriation and deportation and Central American migrants in Mexico.

In addition, Cal State Fullerton undergrads — Guillermo Garcia, Areli Gonzalez, Marisa Pina and Maria Areli Sotelo — and graduate students — Edgar Huerta, Gilberto Reyes and Blanca Ruiz  — will present their research on immigration issues.


Thursday, Nov. 29
1-2:30 p.m.


Pollak Library, Rotary Club of Fullerton Room 130
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


“There is a huge amount of scholarship on the Mexico-U.S. border and the trends that caused migration from Mexico to the U.S, so we want to raise awareness about what is happening today here and in Central America through this event,” said Areli Gonzalez, president of the Latin American Student Studies Association, which is co-sponsoring ‘Mesa Redonda: A Critical Discussion on Latin American Migration’ with the Latin American studies program.

“Immigration has long been a topic of debate and heated conversation on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border,” added Sandra M. Pérez-Linggi, associate professor of modern languages and literatures. “Through this interdisciplinary roundtable discussion, we hope to bring to the forefront how other borders in Latin America are affected by political uncertainty, social turmoil and economic desperation. Our invited guest, Pilar Marrero, will highlight some of her own findings on immigration. Our students and faculty members from anthropology, Chicana and Chicano studies, history, Latin American studies, philosophy and Spanish hope this interdisciplinary discussion sheds light on the global need to fight for human dignity across borders and ideologies.”


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details available online.

Media Contacts:

Sandra M. Pérez-Linggi, 657-278-5347
Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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