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Central American Immigration: Honoring Pioneers & Charting New Paths  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Panel: 2:00 PM - 3:30 p.m.
Reception: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
University Club, Scriptorium Room, USC

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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)

Uprooted by civil war, violence and uneven development, large numbers of Central Americans came to Los Angeles during the 1980s but were denied refugee status. Although greeted with hostility, they persevered. Through struggle, and coordinated work with new allies, they mobilized and many Salvadorans and Guatemalans integrated into life in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Houston and elsewhere in the United States.

At this event, we will honor 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 will feature presentations by current researchers and advocates of Central American immigrant communities, and will focus the on-going struggles to secure legalization and comprehensive educational and labor rights.

On February 26th at 2pm we invite you to join us for a public forum on Central American immigration. This event is free and open to the public.

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

For more information e-mail or call 213.740.3643.