Assistant Prof. Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue arrived in Dallas last fall eager to generate broad discussions on an important state and national topic. He planned to bring immigration to the forefront of thought on the SMU campus and help students grasp how this issue is implicated in the social, cultural, and legal dilemmas of the next generation.
This coming spring, Prof. Sae-Saue and the English Department take an enormous stride toward that goal of understanding by spearheading an upcoming series of events titled Migration Matters: An Interdisciplinary Series on Immigration at the U.S.- Mexico Border. Prof. Sae-Saue says, “This program will provide for the SMU community and the Dallas public at large a sustained interdisciplinary discussion on an issue which is certain to inform our students’ intellectual identities well beyond their college years.”
The program, a monthly series of discussions that culminates in three April events, brings together prominent artists and leading academics from across university disciplines, including: Political Science, English, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Linguistics, and Theology. Featured among those artists and scholars are Luis Urrea, author of the best-seller The Devil’s Highway and the highly acclaimed novel, The Hummingbird’s Daughter; and Luis Fraga, Russell F. Stark University Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. Professor Fraga is the author of Latino Lives in America: Making it Home and is one of six principal investigators on the Latino National Survey (LNS).
The event’s funding reflects the university-wide support for the initiative, with support provided by: The Office of the Dean, Dedman College; the Geurin-Pettus Program; the Scott-Hawkins Fund, the Human Rights Program; the Department of English; the George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology; and the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology.