Teach-In on New Immigration & Trade Policies

Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Teach-In begins in the English Nationality Room, Room 144, in the Cathedral of Learning 

The University Center for International Studies invites...
All Pitt students, faculty, staff, and alumni to attend a good old-fashioned Teach-In.

The Teach-In is an opportunity to explore and learn more about the historical context and implications of America’s new trade and immigration policies. 

SESSION 1  | 1-1:50 PM

1A. Inside the Executive Orders (English Room, 144)
“A Survey of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration and Their Legal Challenges” 
Sheila Vélez Martinez, Jack & Lovell Olender Professor of Asylum Refugee & Immigration Law, School of Law

1B. The View From Europe (Norwegian Room, 151)
“Brexit, the Far Right, and Immigration” 
Jae- Jae Spoon, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

“Refugees in Germany - What Crisis?”
Gregor Thum, Associate Professor, Department of History

SESSION 2  |  2-2:50 PM

2A. Islam and Muslims (English Room, 144)
“How to talk about Islam Today in Light of Recent Policies” 
Mohammed Bamyeh, Professor, Department of Sociology
Jeanette Jouili, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

2B. Inside the Executive Orders (Norwegian Room, 151)
“A Survey of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration and Their Legal Challenges” 
Sheila Vélez Martinez, Jack & Lovell Olender Professor of Asylum Refugee & Immigration Law, School of Law

2C.  Global Responses (Yugoslav Room, 142)
Statements by other world leaders to the Exective Orders

SESSION 3  |  3-3:50 PM

3A. U.S & Mexico Borders:  Borders and Walls (English Room, 144)
“What Would it Mean to Build a Wall?”
Roger Rouse, Visiting Scholar, World History Center

“The Effects of Trade and Immigration Walls”
Scott Morgenstern, Professor, Department of Political Science

3B. Engagement and Activism (Norwegian Room, 151)
“Effective Political Activism: What Works?” 
Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center                                

3C. Impact at Pitt? (Yugoslav Room, 142)
“Resources at OIS for International students, scholars, and employees.” 
Genevieve Cook, Director, Office of International Services

SESSION 4  |  4-4:50 PM

4A. Refugee Policy and Practice (English Room, 144)
“U.S. Refugee Policy”
Burcu Savun, Assoc. Professor, Department of Political Science

“Lives on Trial: Refugee Screening”
Heath Cabot, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

4B. National Security and International Relations (Norwegian Room, 151)
“Another Brick in the Wall? The Dream of a Unified Interagency” 
Philip Kao, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

“Europe-USA, a Special Relationship?”
Professor Despina Alexiadou, Asstistant Professor, Department of Political Science

4C. Effects of Exclusions and Bans (Yugoslav Room, 142)
The Chinese Exclusion Act in American and World History, 1882-1965” 
David Luesink, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History

The Somali Bantu and the Ban: What Next?
Leonora Anyango Kivuva, African Studies Program
Jenna Baron, African Studies Program

 

This event is part of the University Forum on Current Issues series, designed to engage the Pitt community in respectful and civil discussions about today’s most vital issues. Each forum will aim to incorporate a broad set of perspectives that will allow for a deeper understanding of challenging current affairs.

The Teach-In is supported by :

University Center for International Studies | Student Affairs | Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs | African Studies Program | Asian Studies Center | Center for Latin American Studies | Center for Russian and East European Studies | European Studies Center | Global Studies Center | Office of International Services | Pitt Study Abroad