Central American Studies

Migration and Memory, An interdisciplinary symposium

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:45am to Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1:00pm

Northridge Center, University Student Union


Symposium Schedule

Monday, April 28

8:45 – 9:00am


9:00 - 10:45am

Deportations and Ethnicity

  • Dr. Beth Baker, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Gaspar Rivera, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Jaime Rivas Castillo, Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas, El Salvador
  • Dr. Laura Velasco, Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)

10:45 - 10:45am

Coffee break

11:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote Address

Dr. Terry Lynn Karl, Stanford University

12:00 - 2:30pm

Lunch and free time

2:30 - 3:30pm

Student-Alumni Activism

  • Dévora González, University of Arizona
  • Cathie Pacheco, University of Arizona
  • Jocelyn Duarte, California State University, Los Angeles

3:30 - 4:00pm

Coffee break

4:00 - 6:00pm

Immigration and Political Participation (a panel organized by GRILL)

  • Dr. VeronicaTerriquez, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Adrian Pantoja, Pitzer College
  • Dr. Karthic Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside


Tuesday, April 29

9:00 - 10:45am

Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Oscar Chacón, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)
  • Pablo Alvarado, National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • Martha Arévalo, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Los Angeles
  • Dr. Douglas Carranza Mena, California State University, Northridge

10:45 - 10:45am

Coffee break

11:00am - 12:00pm

DREAM Activist panel

12:00 - 2:30pm

Lunch and free time

2:30 - 4:00pm

Film screening:

A Bridge Apart (documentary by Virginia Wolf)


Wednesday, April 30

9:00 - 10:45am

Memory and Migration

  • Dr. Héctor M. Leyva, Universidad Nacional Autónomade Honduras
  • Dr. Beatriz Cortez, California State University, Northridge
  • Dr. Ricardo Roque Baldovinos, Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas”, El Salvador
  • Dr. Julia Medina, University of San Diego

10:45 - 11:00am

Coffee break

11:00am - 12:45pm

Transmigrants, Domestic Workers, and Community 

  • Nancy Pérez, Arizona State University
  • Alonso Hernández, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Guadalajara
  • Sandra Castro, City University of New York
  • Elizabeth Pérez Márquez, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Guadalajara

12:45 - 1:00pm

Closing remarks

We would like to recognize all immigrants for their cultural and economic contributions to our society, to our city, and to our country. l Special thanks to: Central American Studies faculty; Provost Harold Hellenbrand; Ms. Maria A. Castillo; Dr. Lawrence Becker; Dr. Martha Escobar; Dr. Gregory Knotts ; Dean Elizabeth Say, and Dean Stella Theodoulou. l This event is sponsored by the Central American Studies Program; the Central American Research and Policy Institute (CARPI); the Gender, Race, Identity & the Law in Our Lives (GRILL) initiative; the Chicana/o Studies Department; the Political Science Department; the Queer Studies Program; the College of Humanities Academic Programming Fund; and the Mexico and Latin America Research Institute at California State University, Northridge.