Events

IIH hosts a range of events to foster interaction and collaboration among scholars, policymakers and practitioners.

It disseminates key messages from these events through a variety of channels, including videos and research briefs. We also promote events organized by partner organizations on and off campus in the Boston area.

Featured Event

Wounding Wall: Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border, with Ieva Jusionyte, Harvard University 

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room
 
Intensified criminalization of immigration since the 1990s, aggravated by concerns with terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, led the United States government to designate the border with Mexico as a source of threats and waging there a series of “wars”: against drugs, against terrorism, and now against migrants and refugees. The wall is a key component of what the Border Patrol calls “tactical infrastructure,” a weapon against those who try to cross into the United States without authorization. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with emergency responders on both sides of the border in Arizona and Sonora, where they rescue wounded migrants as well as fight fires and contain toxic spills that know no political jurisdictions, this talk examines the politics of injury and rescue in the militarized region. Operating in this area, firefighters and paramedics are torn between their mandate as frontline state actors and their responsibility as professional rescuers, between the limits of law and pull of ethics. From this vantage they witness and experience firsthand the negative effects of deploying both the built environment and the natural topography in the name of national security.
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Upcoming Events

2019 Sep 19

Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art

Thu Sep 19 (All day) to Sun Jan 5 (All day)

Location: 

Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

What does it mean to be displaced from culture and home? What are the historical contexts for understanding our contemporary moment? How does an artist’s work and process embody and engage the narratives of displacement and belonging?

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2019 Oct 23

When home won’t let you stay: Migration through Contemporary Art

Wed Oct 23 (All day) to Sun Jan 26 (All day)

Location: 

Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

When Home Won't Let You Stay

When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art considers how contemporary artists are responding to the migration, immigration, and displacement of peoples today. We are currently witnessing the highest levels of movement on record—the United Nations...

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2019 Nov 22

DACA Debrief

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Atrium space, 4th floor, IIH, 50 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join us for a call to action and a community space for convening, solidarity, and support with staff and students from across the University.

Food will be provided.

This meeting is co-hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, EMR, HIRC with Act on a Dream and UndocuAllies.

DACA poster

 

2019 Dec 02

Border Butterflies: Stories about Climate Change and Migration

12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Bok Center's Learning Lab (50 Church St., 3rd Floor)

Join colleagues and friends at Harvard's Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights for a special event as part of their series on Climate Migration: Histories, Borders, and Activism. There will be free food (pizza), drinks, performances, and an interactive art exhibit that explores the intersections of migration and climate justice. 

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2019 Dec 03

The Call of Migratory Things

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Knafel Center 10 Garden St. Cambridge

Speaker: Nina McConigley, 2019–2020 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Fiction Writer; Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

In this talk, Nina McConigley will talk about her new novel, “The Call of Migratory Things,” which considers the intersection of race, immigration, colonialism, post-frontier America, motherhood and fertility, and place. The landscape of the American West is the framework of this different kind of pioneer narrative.

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2019 Dec 05

Wounding Wall: Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border, with Ieva Jusionyte, Harvard University

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room

Ieva jusionyte, Harvard UniversityIntensified criminalization of immigration since the 1990s, aggravated by concerns with terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, led the United States government to designate the border with Mexico as a source of threats and waging...

Read more about Wounding Wall: Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border, with Ieva Jusionyte, Harvard University
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Bi-weekly Seminars

Our Immigration Fellows participate in a biweekly seminar to share their work, receive professional development, and learn from nationally renowned scholars and policy makers. On occasion, these seminars are open to the broader Harvard community.

Speaker Series

Our speakers series welcomes prominent scholars, immigration experts, policy leaders, and practitioners to Harvard to share unique insights derived from research and lived experience. 

Co-Sponsored or Related Events

IIH works collaboratively with other groups on and off campus to bring together people who care about immigration to promote positive change. We co-sponsor events and promote events organised by other networks to support dialogue and learning around immigration.