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April 6, 2016 - Turning the Page on Hate: Building Community for a More Civil Society

On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, join USC PERE/CSII, the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, and our co-sponsors for a special event, "Turning the Page on Hate: Building Community for a More Civil Society."

How are people working across the U.S., across lines of political, religious, and social difference? How does the “softer” side of politics—dialogue, culture, and education—link to tangible, “hard” changes in policy and in people’s everyday lives?

Join us as we explore these themes through dialogue and the arts. Special performances by CONTRA-TIEMPO!

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CSII Biennial Event: Immigrant Labor Struggles: Honoring Visionary, Edna Bonacich

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Immigrant Labor Struggles: Honoring Visionary, Edna Bonacich

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Program: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Reception: 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM
University Club, Scriptorium Room

Join us in celebration as we honor Edna Bonacich, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California Riverside and a pioneering scholar-activist, who helped set the stage for immigrant labor studies. Her work has impacted the way we study and advocate for racial and gender equity in the working class. She has made countless contributions to the field, some include: The Garment Industry in the Restructuring Global Economy (Temple University, 1994), Behind the Label: Inequality in the Los Angeles Apparel Industry (University of California Press, 2000), Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Koreans in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 1991), and The Economic Basis of Ethnic Solidarity Small Business in the Japanese American Community (University of California Press, 1980).

The event will feature current researchers and advocates and will focus on the continuing struggles of immigrant labor rights. The event is free and open to the public. Please also join us for a reception afterward in celebration of our 2nd Biennial Immigration Scholar Activist Award.

Moderator: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration


Michael Burawoy, UC Berkeley

Juan De Lara, USC American Studies & Ethnicity

Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Los Angeles Black Worker Center

Kent Wong, UCLA Labor Center


Co-sponsored event: "Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration, Youth, and Families"


CSII is a co-sponsor of the upcoming event hosted by USC Gould School of Law:

"Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration, Youth, and Families"

January 20, 2016
USC Gould School of Law, Room 2

April 22nd: Engagement and Mobilization of African Immigrants in the Immigrant Rights Movement


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The Black Immigration Network and USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration invite you to attend a discussion on:

Engagement and Mobilization of African Immigrants in the Immigrant Rights Movement


Wednesday, April 22, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Tutor Campus Center, Rosen
Family Screening Theater, Room 227

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Featuring speakers:

Moderated by: Manuel Pastor, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

Immigration has made California proudly one of the most racially diverse states in the nation. Immigrant communities from various African countries are fast- growing but least visible and integrated.

We invite you to join us to learn more about the changing demographics in California as they relate to African communities, as well as to have a conversation of how to better integrate and engage African communities into the mainstream immigrant rights movement.

Join CSII, in collaboration with allies across the state, to identify emerging trends and community leaders to analyze statewide data for effective inclusionary policy and practice.

Join us Dec. 4th! Black Ethnics - Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream

Please join the USC Department of Political Science and CSII as we welcome Prof. Christina Greer of Fordham University. She will discuss and sign copies of her book, “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream” which explores the political behaviors of recent African and Caribbean immigrants in a post-Civil Rights era.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
USC VKC Library, Room 300A (3rd Floor)

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Immigrant Integration Books Seminar Series Fall 2014

Join us for the final #CSIIBookSeries event for the fall semester!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Friends of the Library Room 240

Doheny Library, USC

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Join us for a discussion of Skills of the "Unskilled:" Work and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants, (University of California Press, 2015) with guest panelists:

  • Jacqueline Hagan, Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Luis Sandoval, Building Skills Partnership

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For more information, please email csii@dornsife.usc.edu.

Use the hashtag #CSIIBookSeries to follow along or comment via Twitter! 

October 16: CSII proudly co-sponsoring "Dreaming Sin Fronteras"

USC Visions and Voices

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) tells the stories of undocumented youth through music, visual art and testimony. The multimedia event features “DREAMers” from across L.A.; musicians Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots); and art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) will bring to Bovard Auditorium the honest and often heartbreaking stories of undocumented youth through live music, visual art and testimony.

Adapted and directed by Antonio Mercado, this unique production will feature student actors from USC and Jose Julian (A Better Life) along with “DREAMers”—undocumented students who would benefit from a federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—from across Los Angeles.


With live music by Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots) along with visual designs by activist-artist Favianna Rodriguez, this multimedia event will powerfully communicate the narratives of young people whose lives are deeply and devastatingly defined by international borders and immigration laws.


Thursday October 16, 2014

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

University Park Campus

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, September 18, at 9 a.m. 
For more information, email: visionsandvoices@usc.edu
Organized by Josh Kun (Communication). Co-sponsored by USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and El Centro Chicano.

Graduate Student Research Symposium - Save the Date: October 31, 2014



Central American Immigration: Honoring Pioneers & Charting New Paths

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
University Club, Scriptorium Room, USC

Moderator and Academic Discussant: 
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, USC Department of Sociology

Nora Hamilton, University of Southern California
Norma Chinchilla, California State University Long Beach

Jennifer Carcamo, Documentary Filmmaker, Children of the Diaspora
Susan Coutin, University of California Irvine
Cecilia Menjivar, Arizona State University
Carlos Vaquerano, Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)

At this event, we honored two pioneering scholar activists, Professors Nora Hamilton and Norma Chinchilla, who helped set in motion the field of Central American immigration studies with their book, Seeking Community in a Global City. The event featured presentations by current researchers and advocates of Central American immigrant communities, and focused the on-going struggles to secure legalization and comprehensive educational and labor rights.

This event was hosted by CSII and co-sponsored by these USC Departments and Organizations: American Studies & Ethnicity, El Centro Chicano, Poiitical Science, and Sociology.



USC Immigration Research Workshop

April 2, 2014
USC Gould School of Law

Southern California Empirical Legal Studies (SCELS) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) hosted a USC Immigration Research Workshop, at the USC Gould School of Law.

This workshop drew together diverse USC faculty from law, social sciences, medicine, humanities, and other disciplines interested in immigration-related research. The workshop was an excellent opportunity to network and to learn about immigration-related research taking place on campus.

Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology & American Studies and Ethnicity, Co-director of CSII and Director of PERE; Nancy Staudt, Professor and Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy, Vice Dean of Law Faculty & Academic Affairs, and Academic Director of the Schwarzenegger Institute; Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology and Associate Director, CSII; Niels Frenzen, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, USC Immigration Clinic; Emily Ryo, Assistant Professor of Law & Sociology


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