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(MAHWAH, NJ) – On Monday, April 4 from 9:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., the School of American and International Studies at Ramapo College  will host a symposium on immigration, “Inventing a Home” Immigration in the 21st Century” in the Trustees Pavilion.

The event will include a series of discussions following opening remarks at 9:45 a.m.  by Dean Hassan Nejad of the School of American and International Studies. The panel discussion, “Multiple Perspectives on Immigration: Key Issues for Attorneys, Activists, and Scholars/Teachers” will follow and feature Amy Gottlieb, executive director of the American Friends Service Committee, Valeria Treves, executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), and Assistant Professor of American Studies John Gronbeck-Tedesco.  The discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Literature Iraida H. Lopez.

From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. a book discussion on “Brother, I’m Dying,” by Edwidge Danticat will be held.  The novel is a recounting of the author’s family in Haiti and America, as well as the tragic tale of her uncle’s encounter with the U.S. immigration policy.  The discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor of Comparative World Literature Monika Giacoppe.

There will be a lunch break from 1:15-2 p.m., during which “International Migration and Human Rights: Building on Migration Narratives” with Professor of Economics Behzad Yaghmaian will be held and moderated by Professor of Communication Arts Patricia Keeton.

The Face of Immigration: First Person Accounts presentation will be from 2-3:30 p.m.  Members of the Grupo Cajola based out of Morristown, New Jersey, Luciano Jimenez and Regina Perez along with members of Adhikaar based out of Woodsie, New York will speak.  This presentation will be moderated by Associate Professor of Anthropology Susan Hangen.

A screening of clips from the film “AbUSed: The Postville Raid”(2010) will follow in the segment Criminalizing Immigration from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  Afterward, Director Luis Argueta will discuss the film, moderated by Assistant Professor of International Studies and Political Science Rebecca Root. Concluding remarks and a reception will follow.

The events are all free and open to the public.

Members of the media may contact Anna Farneski at 201-684-6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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