Center for Conflict Management


4th Conference on Immigration to the Southeast: Policy Analysis, Conflict Management

Kennesaw State University- Continuing Education Center
3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw , GA 30144
October 18-20, 2012



The Conference on Immigration to the Southeast promotes the exploration of the challenges associated with immigration and migration, with an emphasis on finding practical and realistic solutions that stimulate economic growth and increase social strength. It also supports the new field of Critical Immigration Studies, defined as academic research that contributes to understanding and eliminating social inequality and injustice.
The Conference is co-sponsored by the Kennesaw State University Center for Conflict Management and the Centro de Investigaciones Sobre America del Norte of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (CISAN-UNAM).  Contributing sponsors include the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies at the University of South Carolina; the Kennesaw State University Institute for Global Initiatives; the Shaw Industries Endowed Chair of History; and the Maya Heritage Community Project
Thursday, October 18th:
10 AM – Coffee, Registration and Opening of Book Display
12:30 – 1:30 Buffet Lunch
1:30 to 2:00 PM - Introduction to the conference.   “Conference Themes on Policy Analysis and Conflict Management”
Remarks by Elaine Levine and Alan LeBaron
2:15 - 3:45Session A
Panel 1Health and Well-being for Immigrants

Moderated by Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Emory University

  • Meredith J. Greif, Georgia State University; Elif Bulut, Georgia State University; Matthew Gayman, Georgia State University

“Mental health among Latino immigrants in the United States”

  • Lourdes Martinez-Cox, University of Georgia

“A review of the literature on the influence of health policy on immigrant health”

  • Christine G. T. Ho, Fielding Graduate University

“The Fracturing of Immigrant Families by Two Dysfunctional U.S. Bureaucracies”

  • Myriam Torres, University of South Carolina

“Health and Human Rights in South Carolina since the New Laws”

Panel 2 – Roundtable Discussion:  Immigration Inside and Outside of the Classroom
Moderated by Ernesto Silva, Kennesaw State University

  • Jesse Benjamin, Kennesaw State University
  • Neysa L. Figueroa, Kennesaw State University
  • Ernesto P. Silva, Kennesaw State University  
  • Adelina Nichols, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

3:45 - 4:00 – Break
4:00 – 5:30 – Session B
Panel 3 – The Question of Access to Higher Education
Moderated by Mandy McGrew, Kennesaw State University

  • Azadeh N. Shahshahani, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia
  • Yovany Diaz, Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA)
  • Jill Anderson,  Postdoctoral Program of the Humanities, CISAN-UNAM   

“Dreaming del Otro Lado: Return Migration and the Bi-national Struggle for Access to Higher Education”


Panel 4 - Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland
Moderated by Linda Allegro, Oklahoma State University

  • Linda Allegro, Oklahoma State University
  • Miranda Hallett, Otterbein University
  • Jennifer F. Reynolds, University of South Carolina

5:30 to 6:30 Buffet Dinner
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Keynote program: “The First Immigrants to the Americas: Continental Contours of Maya Migration”
Presentation and Discussion by Jeronimo Campeseco, founder of Corn Maya; and James Loucky, Western Washington University. 
8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
14 Kilómetros
[2007, Arabic and French with English subtitles]

Two brothers decide to travel to Spain, where one of them might have an opportunity to play professional soccer.  They pay a smuggler $2,000 for passage in the back of a truck into Algeria, where they can pass into Spain. En route they meet a teenage girl from Mali who is escaping an arranged marriage. During the trip into Algeria, the three begin to have doubts about the smugglers, and their fears become reality when they're dumped in the desert fourteen kilometers from their destination.



 Stillwell Theater 
Tuesday, October 16 - Saturday, October 20
8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21
2 p.m.


Friday, October 19th
9:15 – 10:45 – Session C
Panel 5Perspectives on Policies and Policy Makers

Moderated by Silvia Núñez , Director of CISAN-UNAM

  • Doris Marie Provine, Arizona State University

“What Went Wrong in Arizona”

  • Irene Browne, Emory University; Mary Odem, Emory University; Beth Reingold, Emory University

“Race, Immigration and Southern Politics: Black Legislators and “Juan Crow” Policies in the Nuevo South”

  • Richard Vengroff, Kennesaw State University and Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

“Paradiplomacy and Immigration Policy: Quebec and Georgia in Comparative Perspective”

Panel 6 - Challenging Anti-Immigration Discourses in School and Community Contexts: Conversation with Editors of Special Issue of International Journal of Multicultural Education   

Moderated by Linda Allegro, Oklahoma State University

  • Martha Allexsaht-Snider, University of Georgia
  • Cory Buxton, University of Georgia
  • Ruth Harman, University of Georgia


Panel 7 – Identity Maintenance and Identity Formation

Moderated by James Loucky,  Western Washington University

  • Sherrill W. Hayes,  Kennesaw State University  

 “Sports as a tool for identity maintenance and development: A case study of The Triad International Soccer League”

  • Juan Javier Pescador, Michigan State University

“Mexico-Colombia en Miami: Mexican Soccer communities in the United States and the birth of the Tricolor Brand in the Big-Time Sports Global Landscape, 1970-2012”

  • Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Universidad de Colima    

“Identities of the Second-Generation Yalálag Zapotecs”

10:45 – 11:00 – Break
11:00 – 12:30 –Session D
            Panel 8 – Immigrants in the US labor force

              Moderated by Darina Lepadatu Kennesaw State University

  • Elaine Levine, CISAN-UNAM

“The Great Recession and Labor Market Outcomes for Latino Immigrants in the US”

  • Ana Maria Aragonés, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas UNAMand Uberto Salgado, IIEc UNAM

“Knowledge Economy and the Economic Crisis in the United States: The Impact of  U.S. Immigration Policy” 

  • Elif Bulut, Georgia State University

“Labor force participation of Arab women in the United States


            Panel 9 –  Connections of Migration to Development, Peace, and the Environment     
Moderated by Cristina Gheorghiu-Stephens, Kennesaw State University

  • Katie Reinhardt, University of Central Florida

"Coming Home Again: Repatriation and Peace Duration".

  • Jeannie Ruggerio, Macon State College - Warner Robins Campus

               “A Question of Influence in an Environmental-Migration/Immigration Relationship”

  • Mohammed Sanni Abdulkadir,Bayero University, Kano – NIGERIA

International Migration in Nigeria: The profit and loss perspectives


Panel 10 – The Nexus of Family, Culture, Law and Public Policy

Moderated by De Ann Pendry, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • Charles Brockett, Sewanee: The University of the South (emeritus),

“Talking about Immigration: What Permissivists Need to Understand about Public Opinion”

  • Fran Ansley, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Tennessee College of Law

“Family Immigration Stories: An Experiment in Legal History as Un/Popular Education”

  • Meghan Conley, University of Tennessee
    “Sustaining the System: Control Narratives, Immigration Restrictionist Policies, and the Production of Vulnerability”


  • Audrey Garcia, Kennesaw State University

"State Court of Appeals: Spanish Language and Mexican Culture as Grounds for Family Non-Reunification"

12:30 – 1:30 – Buffet Lunch
1:15 PM– 2:00 PM Plenary Speaker

  • Angela Banks, William and Mary School of Law

“The Curious Relationship between “Self-Deportation” Policies and Naturalization Rates”
2:15 – 3:45 –Session E
Panel 11 – Recognizing and Analyzing Problems in Search of Solutions

Moderated by Ruth Harman, University of Georgia

  • Austin Kocher, The Ohio State University

“Drivers Wanted: The Role of Traffic Law in Immigration Enforcement”

  • Samuel Aguilar, University of Georgia

“Diversity is Destiny:  A Review of the U.S. Immigration System and Efficient Bipartisan Reform Framework”

  • Juan José Bustamante, University of Arkansas

“Institutional Responses to the Latino Demographic Shift in the South”


Panel 12 – The Connection between human rights and Good Public Policy

Moderated by Eric O’Bryant, Kennesaw State University

  • David A. Badillo, Lehman College – CUNY

“MALDEF and Immigrants to the Nuevo South: Challenges of Legal Advocacy” 

  • Ariadna Estevez, CISAN-UNAM

“Mexican Asylum Seekers in the US: A Biopolitical view of Human Rights Epistemological Limitations”         

  •  Larry Nackerud, University of Georgia,

“The Discourse/s of Amnesty in America: Then and Now.”


Panel 13 – Perspectives from Mexico [The beginning two presentations will be in Spanish]

Moderated by Elaine Levine, CISAN-UNAM

  • María Antonieta Barrón, Facultad de Economía, UNAM 

“Consecuencias de la crisis en el empleo de los jornaleros migrantes, internos e internacionales”

  • Guillermina Chávez, University of Colima, Mexico

“Socio-cultural dynamics and the on-offline activities that develop during la fiesta de la Virgen del Sagrario”

  • Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, México

“The Search for Lost Migrants”

3:45 – 4:00 – Break
4:00 – 5:30 – Session F

Panel 14 – Perspectives on Law and Law Enforcement
Moderated by William E. Baker, Kennesaw State University

  • James W. Beeks, Sr., Piedmont College,  and Tony Frye, Piedmont College

A Case Study of US Supreme Court Petition No: 11-182”

  • De Ann Pendry, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

“State and Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws in Tennessee: Analyzing the Effects of 287(g) and “Secure Communities”

  • Kenneth Michael White, Kennesaw State University

Federalism, dual sovereignty and immigration policy enactment and enforcement

Panel 15 – Intercultural Communication and Strategies for Understanding
Moderated by Paul Harris, Auburn University

  • Cristina Amescua, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, UNAM

“Working together towards common goals: strategies for building conviviality”

  • Cristina Alcalde, University of Kentucky

“College Students’ Perspectives on Contemporary Immigration: Views from Kentucky”

  • Danae Villalobos, Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Humanidades CEIICH UNAM

“Intercultural Communication as a Tool in the Process of Cultural Integration: We recruited labor force, but got people”


Panel 16- Teaching immigration: A cross-disciplinary discussion about challenges, resources, and best practices
Moderated by Margaret M. Commins, Queens University of Charlotte

  • Margaret M. Commins, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Larry Nackerud, School of Social Work, University of Georgia
  • Miranda Hallett, Otterbein University
  • Timothy J Steigenga, Florida Atlantic University
  • Juan Jose Bustamante, University of Arkansas


5:30 Food and Wine – Wine Reception and buffet to honor the agreement for academic cooperation between the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (Universidad Nacional Autónima de México) and Kennesaw State University.   Remarks by Silvia Núñez,  director of CISAN-UNAM; Akanmu Adebayo, Director of the Center for Conflict Management; and Barry Morris, Vice Provost for Global Engagement & Strategic Initiatives.

Saturday, October 20th:
9:15 - 10:45 – Session G
Panel 17 - Special Author’s Panel on New Publications: Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Migration, and Humane Migration

  • Marie Friedman Marquardt, Emory University
  • Timothy J. Steigenga, Florida Atlantic University 
  • Christine G. T. Ho, Fielding Graduate University  
  • James Loucky, Western Washington University

Panel 18 – Undocumented Students and the Emergence of Alternative Institutional Responses: The Case of Freedom University in Georgia
Moderated by Betina Kaplan, University of Georgia at Athens and Freedom University   

  • Nayeli Kuser, Freedom University Student and GUYA
  • Beto Cacao, Freedom University Executive Board
  • Allie McCullen, Freedom University Coordinator
  • Lorgia Garcia Peña, Freedom University Faculty


Panel 19 – Citizen and Scholar: Real World Narratives, Scholarship and the Immigration Question  
Moderated by, Kenneth F. Maffitt,  Kennesaw State University

  • Heather Tosteson, and Charles Brockett, Universal Table/Wising Up Press

“Integrating Personal Narratives with Scholarship on Immigration, Citizenship and Belonging”

  • Alan LeBaron, Kennesaw State University

“Considering the major obstacles facing the children of the Maya in the US schools, and our ethical dilemmas in choosing strategies to help them succeed”

  • Beatriz Illescas Putzeya, former Consul General de Guatemala

“Guatemalan Immigrants and the Guatemala Government:  A competitive relationship for Scarce Money” 

10:45 – 11:00 – Break
11:00 – 12:30 – Roundtable discussion, moderated by Larry Nackerud, University of Georgia, and Myriam Torres, University of South Carolina.  

Given the economic, political, and human complexities concerning migration and immigration into the United States, do we need to establish an academic organization or association that would meet yearly, or every two years, to keep pace with the changes and solidify communication among researchers?  Is there a unifying theme of "critical immigration studies"?
End of Conference