CSII Events


USC PERE and USC CSII have merged under a new name. Effective July 22
nd, 2020, our new name and tagline is: USC Equity Research Institute (ERI): Data and Analysis to Power Social Change.

Visit our ERI website FAQ page to learn more about the rebrand. 

The PERE and CSII websites will remain online as archives but will not be updated with any new content, and be phased out  in early 2021.

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Past Events

Thank you to everyone who attended CSII's events and our partners' events.

An archive of past events is listed below.

If Walls Could Talk: Reflections and Responses to Refugees at the Border

Join us for our Fall CSII event: a panel discussion on new migration flows, the methods of control in which the U.S., Mexico, and Central America are collaborating to prevent refugees from seeking asylum in the U.S., and what our humanitarian obligations are to refugee and asylum seekers.

Javier Hernandez-Director, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Stephanie Canizales-Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California Merced
David FitzGerald-Professor, Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations and Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California San Diego

Jody Agius Vallejo-Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, University of Southern California

Register here: bit.ly/2k1prVV

The Sanctuary Cities: Safeguarding Constitutional Protections During a Hostile Administration symposium


The Sanctuary Cities: Safeguarding Constitutional Protections During a Hostile Administration symposium will be held at the USC Gould School of Law Faculty Lounge on March 28th, 2019 from 8:30am - 2pm.

It features new research & conversations about implementation & infractions to SB54, as well as discussions with faculty and community leaders like CSII's Prof. Manuel Pastor, Dr. Linda Lopez, Layla Razavi, and more.

RSVP here for tickets! >> http://ow.ly/tFcK50mZHp8


Webinar: January 22, 2019 - Eligible-to-naturalize populations data and mapping tool


Join USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) and partners at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center's (ILRC) New Americans Campaign to learn about CSII's latest research and interactive mapping tool on the eligible-to-naturalize populations in the U.S. 

January 22, 2019
10am - 11am PST

Register now! >>

The webinar is geared toward community organizations, activists, agencies, and civic and business leaders seeking to encourage naturalization and civic engagement. During this webinar, CSII researchers Thai Le, Justin Scoggins, and Prof. Manuel Pastor will give an overview of the mapping tool and how to use the data in your work, and we will also hear from Melissa A. Rodgers, Director of Programs at the ILRC's New Americans Campaign. We look forward to joining you all on this webinar on January 22nd! Please spread the word to folks who may find this data webinar useful.

September 25, 2018 - Join us for Jose Antonio Vargas in Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen at USC


USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) is excited to co-sponsor an event at USC's Bovard Auditorium with renowned author and activist, Jose Antonio Vargas. Mr. Vargas will be in conversation with USC Professor and author, Viet Thanh Nguyen, about his latest book, Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen. Following the talk, there will be books available for purchase and signing.

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen: Jose Antonio Vargas in Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM) 
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089


This is a ticketed event. A limited number of free tickets will be available for USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 28, at 9 a.m.

USC Student Free Tickets: RSVP


  • For all others, tickets are available for purchase on Brown Paper Tickets
  • General Admission: $8
  • General Admission plus a copy of Dear America: $27

For more info, click here.


Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas in conversation with Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. The event will celebrate the release of Vargas’s provocative memoir about immigration in America.

In 2011, Jose Antonio Vargas became America’s best-known undocumented immigrant when The New York Times Magazine published his story about his life in the United States after arriving from the Philippines in 1993 at the age of twelve. By coming out publicly as undocumented, he was risking everything he had built in the United States. Now, in Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Vargas examines not only the facts of immigration but also the searing emotional reality of living for 25 years as a contributing member of a country that does not consider him one of its own. The memoir is as much about the excruciating state of existence of undocumented immigrants as it is about the politics of immigration. Vargas will be joined by USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen for a captivating and timely conversation on Dear America and the facts, myths, and human stories of immigration that the media has not covered.

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He has worked as a reporter at The Washington PostThe Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. In addition, he has produced and directed Documented, an autobiographical feature documentary that aired on CNN, and White People, an hourlong MTV special on what it means to be young and white in a changing America. Currently subject to deportation at any time, he has no permanent residence.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer and the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at USC. He is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian AmericaNothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, and the short-story collection The Refugees.

Presented by Skylight Books. Co-sponsored by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Get your tickets now! >> Brown Paper Tickets


Join USC PERE/CSII for the #StateOfResistanceCA book party in LA on 4/25!



Join USC PERE/CSII and The California Endowment to celebrate the release of Prof. Manuel Pastor's latest book, State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America's Future.

Wednesday, April 25
6:00pm - 8:30pm

The California Endowment
1000 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

RSVP and event details >>


The celebratory evening features a reception and program including:


The event is free with RSVP, and free copies of the book will be given to the first 50 attendees to arrive! 

RSVP today! >>


Order your copy of #StateofResistanceCA now on Amazon.com >>

Learn more about the book at StateOfResistanceBook.com >>


CSII's California Bold Conference

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) brought together nearly 300 people for our conference, California Bold: Leading Policies and Movements for Immigrant Integration. The conference was an opportunity for people to come together from community-based organizations, governmental agencies, funders, civic leaders, and others to celebrate the work that has taken place across the state, discuss what needs to be done to defend current policies while developing new ones, and identify opportunities to deploy new strategies with the state and beyond

To learn more about our California Bold Conference, visit the conference website>> 


CSII Event Archives

For detailed descriptions of CSII's past events, please visit:


  • Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), University of Southern California
  • 1149 South Hill Street
  • Suite H-340
  • Los Angeles, CA 90015