Global Race, Ethnicity, & Migration

Globalization is changing the ways in which people move and how they form communities, which is important because global migrations are transforming policies, cultures, and societies. The Immigration History Research Center's Global Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (Global REM) lecture series advances public dialogue and research related to some of these most pressing issues.

Global REM serves as a dynamic framework that brings interdisciplinary research centers, faculty, staff, and students across the University together to address some of the most compelling questions facing changing societies around the world. Lecture series participants come from a broad range of disciplines—including the social sciences, humanities, public health, law, public policy, education and human development, University libraries, and family social science.

The monthly Global REM lecture series brings local, national, and international researchers to campus for public events and discussions. Events are co-sponsored with the Institute for Global Studies and scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Fall 2017 Global Race Ethnicity and Migration Lecture Series

September 19, 2017: Kendall King and Martha Bigelow, "The Politics of Language Education Policy Development and Implementation: Minnesota (not so) Nice?"


Spring 2017 Global Race Ethnicity and Migration Lecture Series

February 15, 2017: Kong Pha, "Cultures of My Roots: Thinking Hmong Refugee Migration and Queerness in the Midwest"

March 1, 2017: Nabil Matar, Ph.D. "Land of the White Palace: American through Arab Eyes before WWI."

March 22, 2017: Fernando Burga, Ph.D. "Miami, Immigrant City: Urban Planning and Cuban-American Empowerment"

April 19, 2017: Bernadette Perez, “Centering the Land in the Granada Japanese American Internment Camp”

Fall 2016 Global Race Ethnicity and Migration Lecture Series

September 13, 2016: Saijaleena Rantanen, DMus, MA., "Musical Transnationalism and Translocal Networks"

October 4, 2016: Matjaž Klemenčič, Ph.D.  "Slovene Ethnic Settlements in the U.S."

Spring 2016 Global Race Ethnicity and Migration Lecture Series

February 3, 2016: Maiyia Yang, Ph.D., "What it Means to be Educated: Life Histories of Karen Women"

February 24, 2016: Erika Busse, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Universidad de Pacifico (Peru), "Dancing Peruvian-ness in the U.S.: A Comparative Study of Two Peruvian Communities and the Practice of Folk Dance"

March 9, 2016: Andrea Klein Bergman, Program Coordinator, United Nations Association of Minnesota, "From Exile to Resettlement: Voices of the Bhutanese in Minnesota"

April 20, 2016: Evan Taparata, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Minnesota, "No Asylum for Mankind: The Creation of Refugee Law and Policy in the Nineteenth Century United States"

May 4, 2016: Dianna Shandy, Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College, "In Search of Sustainable Solutions: Diaspora Engagement and the Global Initiative on Somali Refugees"

Educator resources and curriculum modules are available for instructors to facilitate learning and discussions on issues related to race, ethnicity, and migration.