January 18, 2002

Migration and Globalization Conference Slated For Tijuana

Theologians and social scientists from around the world will come together January 24-27 for the first International Conference on Migration and Theology.

Participants will examine the social, religious and cultural impacts of migration on a global scale. Specific topics include migration and the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, the rights of migrants and the role of pastoral counselors in working with them.

"Together, we will reflect on the role of religion, as it effects the lives of immigrants and contributes to an understanding of the responses and issues raised by human migrations," said Orlando O. Espin, director of the USD TransBorder Institute and professor of Theology and Religious Studies.

Sponsored by the Trans-Border Institute and the Missionaries of St. Charles, the event will feature a number of prominent speakers, including the Hon. Jesus Gonzalez, Mayor of Tijuana; Most Rev. Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council; for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People; Peter Phan, theologian, Catholic University of America; and Maria Arcelia Gonzalez Butron, economist, Centro Vasco de Quiroga.

The conference will bring together more than 100 social scientists, philosophers, theologians and pastoral agents for three days of study and reflection. Six keynote addresses, sixteen workshops and conversation periods will address a number of issues important to scholars and pastoral agents. Registered conference participants will come from at least 15 different countries and from five continents, representing both the Catholic and Protestant faiths.

The conference will be held at the Hotel Country Club, Colonia Hipodromo, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. A complete list of speakers and conference agenda is attached. For more information on the conference or to register, call the TransBorder Institute at (619) 260-4090 or log on to www.TBI.San Diego. edu.

Founded in 1996, the Trans-Border Institute seeks to serve as a vehicle of communication, dialogue, exchange and collaboration, in order to break down all sorts of barriers between the peoples who live on both sides of the United State-Mexico border. The Institute seeks to help the United States-Mexico border community in ways consistent with the nature and mission of the University of San Diego.

The University of San Diego is an independent Catholic institution of higher learning overlooking San Diego's Mission Bay. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service.

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