Friday, May 23, 2014

CUNY Institute for Education Policy screening Living Undocumented at Roosevelt House

It seems that we've made a slight "technological turn." In the wake of our soon to be released Big Apple Bites video projects, we'd also like to share this video from the CUNY Institute for Education Policy's May 22, 2014 film screening and panel discussion of the film "Living Undocumented."

According the website, "Living Undocumented is a 17-minute documentary that explores the lives of diverse undocumented immigrant youth to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college, and beyond. It features 6 DREAMers, who portray the realities of our nation’s immigration system and its impact on undocumented youth."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Children of Immigrants at School" - Upcoming Event in Immigration Seminar Series

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

An event to celebrate the publication of

"The Children of Immigrants at School: A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe"

edited by Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway (New York University Press, 2014)



Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Maurice Crul, Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and Fellow, Advanced Research Collaborative

Marcelo Su
árez-Orozco, Dean, UCLA School of Education & Information Sciences

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

--- A reception will follow the event. ---

Place: The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
                365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
                Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)

This event is co-sponsored by the Immigration Seminar Series, the Sociology Ph.D. Program, and Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Look Back at the IWG's Immigration Conference

Clockwise from top left: delicious Korean spread for lunch; Professor Attewell asks a question; Jonas Wiedner looks on; Bernadette Ludwig presents her work on the Liberian community in Staten Island.
Clockwise from left: Some of the reception offerings; Jonas Wiedner presents his work on immigrants and the labor market; Conference co-coordinator Zach Shultz talks of recent happenings; Professor Alba discusses papers on changes in the education of immigrants.

Our March 28 conference, "New Directions in Immigration," featured panels on race & ethnicity, education, law & governance, work, and identity. Please see the program below for more information on our panelists and discussants.
Clockwise from left: Tommy Wu, Professor Alba, Professor Foner, and Professor Chin at the start of the work panel; Stephen Ruszczyk presents his work on the governance of NYC undocumented youth; Abigail Kolker presents her research on undocumented care workers in Israel; and Hyein Lee discusses ethnic minorities. 

Clockwise from upper left: Conference co-coordinators Abigail Kolker (l), Elisabeth Brodbeck (second from left), and Zach Shultz (r) enjoying the reception with Siqi Tu; Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi presents her research on Islamic religious instruction in German schools; the audience of an afternoon panel; Abigail Kolker, Geoffrey Levin, and Marlene Ramos look on as Stephen Ruszczyk presents; Gowoon Jung discusses her work on transnational Korean students; and Geoffrey Levin presents emigration from the Soviet Union.  

From left: The audience from an early panel; Joanna Yip presents her findings on Fujianese students in New York; the reception.
Many thanks to our sponsors: the Graduate Center Sociology Students' Association, the Center for Latin America, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Doctoral Students' Council, the Center for Urban Research, and the Graduate Center Sociology Department!

Screening of I Learn America @ Tenement Museum with Prof. Kasinitz

If you missed the screening, visit their website to learn more about the film.

I Learn America, Official Trailer from I LEARN AMERICA on Vimeo.

Description from the website:

I Learn America

Wednesday, April 26:30 PM
This documentary film features the story of five young immigrants coming of age at the International High School at Lafayette in Brooklyn. The filmmakers will screen a portion of the film, and then join their student subjects in a discussion on the experience of growing up as an immigrant in America as they strive to master English, adapt to life with families they haven't seen in years, and create a future in a new land. Sociologist Phil Kasinitz, author of Inherting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, will also join the conversation.

This event is co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.

Friday, March 14, 2014


The Immigration Working Group of the City University of New York Graduate Center presents:

New Directions in Immigration: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives
A Graduate Student Conference

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 11 am to 5 pm (Reception to Follow)
Location: City University of New York, Graduate Center
                  365 Fifth Avenue (Corner of Fifth Ave and 34th St)
                  New York, NY 10016
      Room: Concourse 198 (C-198)
Please register hereRegistration in FREE.

Conference Program

11:00 am – 11:15 am                       Registration (C-198)

11:15 am – 12:45 pm                      Session I

Panel 1 (C-198): Blurring or Redrawing Boundaries?:
Race and Ethnicity in the Context of Migration

Brenda Gambol, CUNY Graduate Center – “Blurred or Bright Boundaries? Filipino Americans in Interethnic and Interracial Marriages”

Bernadette Ludwig, CUNY Graduate Center – “Staten Island’s ‘Iron Ladies.’ Gendered Adaptation of Liberian Refugees”

Susie Tanenbaum, CUNY Graduate Center – “Queens Iftar: A Muslim Community Transforming the Public Sphere”

Nazreen Bacchus, Queens College, CUNY – “Managing Assimilation and Multi-Ethnic Gendered Identities: The Case of Second-Generation Indo-Guyanese New Yorkers”

Discussant: Presidential Professor of Sociology Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center

Panel 2 (Room 6112): Integration through Education?:
 Transnational Experiences in Educational Settings 

            Gowoon Jung, SUNY Albany – “Blurred Citizenship: The Experience of Transnational Korean Students”

            Joanna Yip, CUNY Graduate Center – “The Fujianese Immigrant Bargain: An Alternative Narrative of the Model Minority”

            Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, The New School – “A Space for Integration: Islamic Religious Instruction in German Public Schools”

Discussant: Distinguished Professor of Sociology Richard Alba, CUNY Graduate Center

12:45-1:45                                        Lunch (Room 6112)

1:45-3:15                                           Session II

Panel 3 (C-198): Citizenship, Law and Governance:
How Policy Shapes and is Shaped by the Lives of Migrants
Abigail Kolker, CUNY Graduate Center – “Migrant Worker Vulnerability and Mobilization in Israel: The Role of Local and National Governance”

Stephen Ruszczyk, CUNY Graduate Center – “Dual Marginalization: Governance of Work, Family and Housing of Young Undocumented Mexicans in New York”

Geoffrey Levin, New York University – “The American Struggle for Soviet Jewish Immigration: The Post-Passage Debate over the Jackson-Vanick Amendment, 1976-1989”

Daniel Schneider, CUNY Graduate Center – “Immigration Reform, Enforcement, and a Local Response to Secure Communities”

Discussant: Associate Professor of Sociology Vilna Bashi Treitler, Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center

Panel 4 (Room 6112): Work and the Labor Market:
                       Migrant Incorporation in the Workplace and Their Impact on the Host Economy

Hyein Lee, CUNY Graduate Center – “Ethnic Minorities: Playing the Institutional Game”

Elizabeth Miller, CUNY Graduate Center – “Home is Where the Work is?: Creating a Sense of Home and Family on the Job”

Jonas Wiedner, CUNY Graduate Center/Humboldt University in Berlin – “Immigrants’ integration in a changing economy:  Exploring the divergent trends in social status and unemployment of native-born and immigrant workers in Germany 1980-2010”

Rita Nassar, University of Illinois – “Immigrants as a material threat: a time-series analysis”

Discussant: Professor of Public Affairs, Sociology, and Urban Education Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center

3:15 pm – 3:30pm                            Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                           Session III

Panel 5 (C-198): Transnationalism and Migration:
Forging Identities in a Globalized World

Rachel Bogan, CUNY Graduate Center – “Am I Chinese, American, Both, or Neither? The Complexity of Claiming a Transnationally and Transracially Adopted Child's Identity”

Douglas de Toledo Piza, The New School – “Chinese sellers: a story of globalization as told by an informal market in downtown São Paulo”

Leslie A. Martino-Velez, CUNY Graduate Center - “From ‘La Montaña’ to Manhattan: Mixtecos in the New York City Mexican Mix”
Daniela Pila, SUNY Albany – “‘I’m not good enough for anyone’: Legal Status and the Dating Lives Of Undocumented Young Adults”

Discussant: Distinguished Professor of Sociology Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

5:00                                        Reception (Room 6112)

Please register hereRegistration in FREE.