Owens Conference | Are We All Pieces of the Same Puzzle?

Immigration, Diversity & Economics

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 until Thursday, March 7, 2013 (5:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
Austin College, Hoxie-Thompson Auditorium (map)

Modern democratic nation-states have been particularly preoccupied in the past several decades with how best to integrate new waves of immigrants, “guest workers” asylum-seekers, and indigenous ethnic minorities, into the economies and everyday institutions of the larger host societies. Some “settler states” (Canada, Australia, the U.S.) have tried in various ways to embrace their identity as multicultural states, if not the older idea of a “melting pot.” Elsewhere, for instance, the European Union has struggled with these existential questions with at best a thin consensus, as shown by the recent history of the Amsterdam Treaty and Tampere Program up to the Lisbon Treaty and Stockholm program. Compounding these issues have also been the effects of economic globalization on the declining sense of community among traditional middle=class citizens as they deal with long-term unemployment, declining wealth, and the specter of withering promises of a reasonable social safety net. Using valuable insights from sociologists, novelists, economists and political scientists, this conference will explore various aspects of these challenges to a consensus on what democratic nationhood and citizenship should look like within a globalized economy today.

5:30 pm
Welcoming Reception
The Johnson Gallery, 2nd Floor, Wright Campus Center
6:30 pm Jno. E. Owens Conference Dinner (invitation only), Mabee Banquet Hall, 2nd Floor, Wright Campus Center

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University.

“The Foreigner? Exiles, Migrants, Refugees”

9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks

Michael Imhoff, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin College

9:05 am Markus M. L. Crepaz is Professor of Political Science and the current Head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

“Are You Your Brother’s Keeper?  Immigration, the Welfare State and the Limits of Community”

10:00 am Refreshments
10:15 am Tania Chacho is Academy Professor and the Director of the Comparative Politics program in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

“The Role of Identity and Economics in Citizenship Policies”

11:15 am Horace Bartilow is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. His area of research is International Political Economy.

“Global Economic Integration, Ethnic Heterogeneity and the Consolidation of Democracy”

12:30 pm Lunch (invitation only)  Mabee Banquet Hall, 2nd Floor, Wright Campus Center

Michele Stone is an author and a graduate of Clemson University and received her MA from Converse College.

“Crossing Borders: Documenting the Undocumented Immigrant in Contemporary American Fiction”

2:00 pm Hendrik Van den Berg is Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

“The Economics of Immigration from a Human Perspective: Immigrants as Workers, Consumers, Innovators, and Human Beings”

3:00 pm Refreshments
3:15 pm Speakers Panel
4:30 pm Closing Wine Reception
Collins Alumni Center

Open only to Tower Center Forum members, SMU students, faculty and staff.
* Please note that this conference is held in Austin College.

Members, SMU students, faculty and staff please RSVP to tower@smu.edu.