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The 29th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference: "Pursuing Citizenship"

When Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Friday, April 9, 2021
5:00 PM
Location Zoom Webinar (Stay Tuned for Registration Info)
For Public; Faculty; Staff; Students; Alumni
Cost Free

The 29th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference, "Pursuing Citizenship," will occur virtually this year on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT, with a special, pre-conference performance of Motus Theater's UndocuMonologues, happening virtually the night before, on Thursday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MT. This year's conference will build upon Colorado Law Professor Ming Hsu Chen's new book, Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era, in which she argues argues that the citizen/alien binary should instead be reframed as a spectrum of citizenship, a concept that emphasizes continuities between the otherwise distinct experiences of membership and belonging for immigrants seeking to become citizens. In addition, citizenship consists of economic, social, political, and legal dimensions; the modern era of intense immigration enforcement distorts the balance and produces a sense of citizenship insecurity. This conference will chart a broad conception of citizenship, putting the law in its social context, and to explore its inextricable relationship to immigration enforcement in the modern era. 2021 Conference Panels & Panelists Opening: Ming Hsu Chen (Colorado Law), author of Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era in conversation with Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA School of Law) Panel 1: Citizenship Theory Beyond Legal Status Niambi Carter (Political Science, Howard University), Elizabeth Cohen (Political Science, Syracuse University), Allen Colbern (Political Science, Arizona State University), Amanda Frost (Washington College of Law). Lunchtime Panel: Stories of Immigrants Salvador Hernandez (Colorado State Director, Mi Familia Vota), Alan Sanchez (CU Alumni), Shiyan Zhang (CU Alumni). Panel 2:  Citizenship, Integration, and Belonging  Tomas Jimenez (Sociology, Stanford), Cristina Rodriguez (Yale Law School), Stella Burch Elias (University of Iowa College of Law), Shannon Gleeson (Labor Relations, Law & History, Cornell), Xóchitl Bada (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago). Panel 3:  Noncitizens, Exclusion, and Enforcement  Adam Goodman (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago), Rebecca Hamlin (Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Laura Lunn (Detention Program Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network), Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (Penn State Law). Stay tuned for registration info, and visit the following webpage for updates:

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