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 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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2020 Jan 30

Dialogue at the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing

10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 

89 South St. Boston, Community Room - 1st floor

The Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO) presents a dialogue series to continue building unity in the immigrant movement / Diálogo para seguir construyendo la unidad del movimiento inmigrante.

The mission of the Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO) is to support and help develop the work of individuals, groups, organizations and communities dedicated to organizing immigrants around the issues that affect their lives. CSIO's goal is to help immigrants in the forefront of community and workplace struggles to develop their power and leadership not only...

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2020 Feb 27

Indignity and Indignation: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins, with Sarah Willen, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights, University of Connecticut

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room

WillenSarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at UConn's Human Rights Institute. 

Sarah Willen is the author of Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins. In...

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2020 Apr 09

Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid, with William Lopez, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room

LopezWilliam Lopez is the author of Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid. 

On a Thursday in November of 2013, Guadalupe Morales waited anxiously with her sister-in-law and their four small children. Every Latino man who drove away from their shared apartment above a small auto...

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2020 Apr 23

Writing Immigration History in an Age of Fake News, with Katy Long, Writer and Broadcaster

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room

Katy LongKaty Long is a Senior Research Associate at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

 

In the battle that currently rages over immigrants’ place in America’s future, history has been weaponized. If liberals remain convinced that America is at...

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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.