The Challenge of Migration in UE and The United States

The Center for Italian Studies , November 2-4, 2017, is hosting the U.S. component of a two-series international conference: “The Challenge of Migration in Europe and the United States: Comparing Policies and Models of Reception.”
with a program of presentations by judges, prosecutors, journalists, religious and labor representatives, and scholars. They will continue discussions on the causes, behavior and effects of both voluntary and forced migration across Europe and North American that were analyzed in the European counterpart of this conference, held in Agrigento, Sicily, June 8-9, 2017.
The three-day program organized to accomplish this purpose includes  Keynote speaker: Alan Bersin, former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,  who will address the issues of “Migrant Flows and Border Lines;”  and panels of speakers grouped thematically in sessions entitled: Migration Issues in Historical and Comparative Contexts; Migration Issues in Media Discourse;  Citizenship Rights and Models of Reception;  Integration and Identity; Migration and the EU; Public Perceptions of Immigration in a New Security World Regulating Migration; State and Non-State Actors in Migration Flows International Actors; Migration in a Global Context.

Thursday, November 2, 2017  / Center for Italian Studies Meeting Hall,

               Melville Library, Room E4340

3:30 – 5:30  Film: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) 2016: 110 min.:  Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a        frontline in the European migrant crisis

Introduced and presented by Federica Cordaro, Università degli studi di Palermo, and Assistant Director, Corso di Studi per mediatori Culturali a Agrigento

5:30Report on the conference held in Agrigento on June 8 and 9, 2017

Welcome Remarks:  Mario B. Mignone, Director, Center for Italian Studies

Remarks: Honorable Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller

Marcello Saija, Università degli studi di Palermo: A Summary of the Agrigento Conference

Gallya Lahav, Stony Brook University: Some Reflections on the Agrigento Conference

Salvatore Rotella, Chancellor Emeritus, Riverside Community College: Comments on the Agrigento Conference


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Friday, November 3, 2017   /  Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and breakfast refreshments (Wang Center Chapel)

9:00 am  – 9:30 am Plenary Session

Chair:  Mario B. Mignone, Director, Center for Italian Studies

Welcome remarks and greetings:

Richard T. Nasti, Chair, Center for Italian Studies Advisory Council; Trustee, Stony Brook Foundation

Michael Bernstein, Provost, Stony Brook University

9:30 am – 10:30 am Keynote Speaker: Alan Bersin, former Asst. Secretary for the International Affairs and       Chief Diplomatic Officer for the US Dept. of Homeland Security

“MIGRANT FLOWS AND BORDER LINES: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be”

10:30 am – 12:30 pm / SESSION I :   Migration Issues in Historical and Comparative Contexts:  North         American and European Comparative Models  

Chair: Gallya Lahav, Stony Brook University

Sebastian Rotella, Author/Journalist: Propublica:  The Border: Past and Present, Myth and Reality

Martin Schain, Professor Emeritus, New York University: How Can we Understand the Developing Crisis of Asylum       in Europe and the United States?

Rosario Aitala, Senior Italian Judge and Prosecutor: The Discourse on Migrations in Italy and Europe. Facts and   Myths of the Connection between Migrations and International Terrorism

Anthony Messina, Trinity College: Diversity Proliferation in New Immigrant Destinations

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm / LUNCH    (Wang Center Chapel)

 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm / SESSION II:   Migration  Issues in Media Discourse

Chair: Luca Zanchi, Stony Brook University

Alex Caviedes, SUNY at Fredonia: Diverging Narratives: Press Depictions of Migration in the U.S and Europe

Nino Sottile Zumbo, Civil Lawyer and Author : Xenos/barbaros; Hospes/hostis: Terms Used to Refer to the “Outsider”     in the Classical            Greco-Latin World and Their Influence on the Contemporary Western World

Douglas Ponton, University of Catania : Reaching Breaking Point: Right-Wing Migration Rhetoric in Mainstream             Media

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm  / COFFEE BREAK  (Wang Center Chapel)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  SESSION III:   Citizenship Rights and Models of Reception

Chair, Vito De Simone, Interpreter, New York Supreme Court

Tiffany Joseph, Stony Brook University: Falling through the Coverage Cracks: How Documentation Status Minimizes     Immigrants’ Access to Health Care

Claudio Rossi, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”: Citizenship: Privilege, Individual Right, or a Manner to Co-exist

Sonia Díaz Inoa, Università Autonoma di Santo Domingo: Research Summary on Legal Status of Persons Born in the      Dominican Republic, Children of Undocumented Persons Under Application of Law 169-14

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm / SESSION IV:  Integration and Identity

Chair:  Yangzi Zhao, Stony Brook University

Angel Saavedra Cisneros, St. Norbert College: Immigrant Identities and Political Integration

Leanne Tory-Murphy, Independent Researcher:  The Struggle for Integration: A Case Study of the Sportello Sans           Papiers

Cinzia Solari, University of Massachusetts: Post-Soviet Ukrainian Emigration: Migrant Grandmothers Cleaning and          Caring in Italy and the US


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SATURDAY, November 4  / Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2

9:00 am – 9:30 am  Registration and breakfast refreshments  (Wang Center Chapel)

9:30 am – 11:00 am / SESSION I:  Migration and the EU

Chair:  Stefano Vaccara, Editor, La Voce

Adam Luedtke, CUNY, Queensborough: EU Immigration Policy and the Brexit Paradox: Are British Xenophobes           Better off with Brussels?

Luciano Bardi, Università di Pisa: Migration as an Issue in the Development of Horizontal Euroscepticism in the EU

Luigi Troiani, St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; Euro/Mediterranean Trade Services Initiative : European Union        Relations with Americas: Focus on Migrants

11:00 am – 12:00 pm / SESSION II:  Public Perceptions of Immigration in a New Security World

Chair: Alessandro Del Ponte, Stony Brook University

Jack Jedwab: Public Perceptions around Migration and Security: A View from Canada

Keren Snider, University of Haifa/ USB: Afraid of Arabs and Attacking Asylum Seekers – Asylum Policy Attitudes          Amid War

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm / LUNCH  (Wang Center Chapel)

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm / SESSION III:  Regulating Migration: State and Non-State Actors in Migration Flows

Chair: Salvatore Rotella, Chancellor Emeritus, Riverside Community College

Nancy Hiemstra, Stony Brook University: Expanding Architectures Of U.S. Border And Immigration Policing     Throughout The Americas

Alejandro Crosthwaite, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome: Human Trafficking in the U.S.-Mexico      Border Region: The Roman Catholic Church’s Response

Fr. Leonir Mario Chiarello, Director, Scalabrini International Migration Network: The Commitment  of the Scala- brinians Missionaries to Migrants, Refugees, and Deportees at the Latin American and United States Borders

Senator Giorgio Benvenuto: President of Foundations of Pietro Nenni and Bruno Buozzi

A Contribution to the History of the Italian Patronati (Centers For Social Assistance) in the Americas:       Differences Between North America and South America

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm  COFFEE BREAK   (Wang Center Chapel)

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm / SESSION IV:  International Actors:  Migration in a Global Context

Chair:  Gallya Lahav, Stony Brook University

Vincenzo Pascale, LIU, Brooklyn Campus: Global Migration Group (GMG) – UN Summit for Refugees  and Migrants

Rey Koslowski, SUNY at Albany: Toward a General Agreement on Migration, Mobility and Security on Mobility

4:30 pm / CONCLUDING REMARKS:   Luigi Troiani, St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; Euro/Mediterranean Trade Services Initiative


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