November 14, 2008

Migrants at Risk: Citizenship in our Hemisphere

Eleanor Roosevelt and Thurgood Marshall colleges present a powerful and timely week-long symposium of free public events at UC San Diego on the interlocking themes of Human Rights and Global Citizenship, November 17, 20, 21, 2008 at UC San Diego.

California’s dynamic social landscape reflects the varied cultural traditions and national origins of its inhabitants, leading many Californians to be concerned about human rights in the lands of their ancestors. From personal experience they know that human rights problems can influence international migration and cultural exchange at home and abroad. The symposium will address the rights of asylum seekers, children, and victims of global trafficking, migration and citizenship in our hemisphere, and the lives of women in war-torn Iraq.

Monday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m., Price Center Theater: Oscar nominated filmmaker Greg Nava will speak and present his groundbreaking feature film, “El Norte,” the Academy Award nominated film depicting the plight of Guatemalans working illegally in the United States. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue will introduce Mr. Nava.

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m., Price Center Ballroom West: Playwright, filmmaker and activist Luis Valdez will discuss the problems of citizenship in the U.S., and the blending of cultures in the dynamic California landscape. Known as the Father of Chicano Theater, Valdez, a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Council, is best known for his Broadway production, “Zoot Suit,” the international hit film, “La Bamba.” A panel of experts will discuss the themes of citizenship and diversity matters following the lecture. Associate Chancellor Emeritus Jorge Huerta will introduce Mr. Valdez.

Friday, November 21, 5:00 p.m., Hojel Auditorium, Institute of Americas: Jacqueline Bhabha, a scholar of law and public policy at Harvard University and human rights activist, will discuss violations of children’s social and economic rights, illegal traffic in children, and the obstacles to effective international protection for them. A panel of experts will comment on the topic from a local and global perspective.

All events are free at and UC San Diego. For further information, visit

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