Past Events

Past, Present, and Future:
Queer and Trans of Color Activism in Philadelphia

April 13, 2022
4 – 5:30 pm

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The Forum
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
University of Pennsylvania
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

LGBTQ+ people of color have historically acted as political bridge-builders and radical change-makers on behalf of their multiple communities. Join three queer activists of color, Hanae Mason from Black Lives Matter Philadelphia, Jorian Rivera-Veintidos from GALAEI: QTBIPOC Radical Social Justice, and Dionne Stallworth, co-founder of the Transgender Health Action Coalition, for a discussion/teach-in and Q&A on queerness, race, and activism in Philadelphia. The conversation will be moderated by Kim Cardenas, PhD Candidate in Political Science.

Open to all members of the Penn community interested in issues of intersectionality.

This day-long conference is designed to bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in Asian Americans, and race and ethnicity more broadly. For the past twenty years Asian Americans have experienced the most rapid growth of any ethno-racial population in the United States. Numbering over 22 million, Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia. This diversity in origins is matched by tremendous variability in terms of socioeconomic status, religion, geographic location, experiences with discrimination, identity, political orientation, immigrant generation and legal status, and many other factors that are central to understanding Asian Americans’ position in U.S. society. Speakers at this event will address the complexities of Asian American identity, data and methodological innovations, the diversity of the U.S. Asian population, and Asian youth and activism.


Asian American Identity
Dina Okamoto, Indiana University, Bloomington
Zhenchao Qian, Brown University
Tahseen Shams, University of Toronto

Data & Methodological Innovations
Lan Ðoàn, New York University Langone
Dasol Kim, University of Pennsylvania
Zai Liang
University at Albany, SUNY

Diversity of the U.S. Asian Population
Sanjoy Chakravorty, Temple University
Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, New York University
Amy Hsin, Queens College, CUNY

Asian Youth & Activism
Kevin Escudero, Brown University
Rachel Kuo, New York University
Diane Wong, Rutgers University, Newark

Sponsored by CSERI, ASAM, and Population Studies Center

Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants

October 30, 2020
12 noon
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A conversation with Michael Jones-Correa, President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of CSERI, on his new book. Holding Fast outlines the complex political situation in which Latino immigrants find themselves today and provides a nuanced, thoughtful outlook on the future of Latino civic participation.


LALSIS Speaker Series



Racial and Ethnic Politics Workshop
for Junior Faculty

History, Institutions and Theory Research Coordination Network

February 28-29, 2020
hosted by CSERI

Rodney Hero, Arizona State University
Juliet Hooker, Brown University
Michael Jones-Correa, University of Pennsylvania
Jane Junn, University of Southern California
Alvin Tillery, Northwestern University

Local Responses to Change in the Philadelphia Region:
Race, Class and Immigration

November 8, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm
University of Pennsylvania
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
The Forum
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Philadelphia region – both the city and its surrounding counties – has been transformed over the last decades, driven by economic and demographic changes like immigration, gentrification, and a racially diverse trend in movement to the suburbs. CSERI has invited a distinguished group of speakers from local governments, non-profit organizations, development organizations and service providers who will present insights on local efforts to address integration; housing, jobs and economic development; health, education and social services; and the role of county and local governments.


Local Integration

• Carmen Guerrero, Coalición Fortaleza Latina
• Portia Kamara, Multicultural Community Family Services
• Raya Fagg, Welcome Center of Upper Darby
• Manuel Portillo, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Moderator: Michael Jones-Correa, Political Science, Penn

Housing, Jobs and Economic Development

• Billie Barnes, Bucks County Workforce Development Board
• Aziz Jalil, Palestinian American Community of Greater Philadelphia
• Jennifer Rodriguez, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: Domenic Vitiello, City Planning and Urban Studies, Penn

Health, Education and Social Services

• Wendy Gaynor, Chester County Food Bank
• Nelly Jiménez, ACLAMO
• Ludy Soderman, School District of Philadelphia
Moderator: Chenoa Flippen, Sociology, Penn

County and Local Governments

• Sekela Coles, Upper Darby Township Council
• Scott France, Montgomery County Planning Department
• Brian O’Leary, Chester County Planning Commission
Moderator: Dan Hopkins, Political Science, Penn

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Immigration has been a vital political issue in both the United States and globally for decades, with economic, security, and humanitarian implications. The current federal administration has sharply increased the number of children separated from their families while seeking entry into the United States, and has limited immigration through capping refugee admissions at the lowest levels since 1980. President Trump has repeatedly expressed an intention to take actions including denying immigrants entry if they are likely to need public assistance, eliminating birthright citizenship, constructing a border wall with Mexico, aggressive deportation of undocumented immigrants, and temporary bans on Muslim immigration. The plight of migrants internationally has gripped the United States and Europe, as images of children in cages at the United States border and overloaded boats in the Mediterranean have become media fixtures.

This Provost’s Lecture on Diversity will illuminate political and practical concerns related to immigration as Michael Jones-Correa, the President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science, explores “What Borders Do.” We often think of borders as walls. Borders are much more than that. In response to increased asylum seekers from around the world, developed nations are reconceiving their borders, pushing them out, and pulling them in. Professor Jones-Correa highlights the difficult issues raised by the re-imagination of borders and the trade-offs policymakers face. He will be joined by the Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, Fernando Chang-Muy, who will moderate audience questions. Professor Chang-Muy returns to Penn from a recent education campaign in Honduras to educate people about the legal obstacles, rights, and landscape of the trip to the north. The reception that follows the lecture, in Silverman Hall, will feature the photography of Mexican-American artist Ada Trillo, documenting the lives of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Precarious Statuses of Migrants

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm

University of Pennsylvania
Perry World House
World Forum
3803 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Keynote Speaker, 4:30 pm: Michel Gabaudan, Former President, Refugees International

Many migrants around the world inhabit precarious statuses: living either partly or fully outside the boundaries of legal membership in their countries of residence, with consequences for their access to social services, rights and membership. This workshop explores ways migrants navigate incomplete membership and gaps in access with international participants addressing types of migrant precariousness and temporary statuses; how migrant precarity affects access to rights and services, ranging from education to health, to land ownership and local voting; how migrants have obtained pathways to membership; and the spaces in which migrants have pushed to acquire both rights, services and membership through civic engagement.

Workshop Participants

  • Amada Armenta, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Osman Balkan, Swarthmore College
  • Tanya Basok, University of Windsor, Canada
  • Heide Castañeda, University of South Florida
  • Nicola Delvino, University of Oxford, England
  • Angela Garcia, University of Chicago
  • Natasha Iskander, New York University
  • Nnamdi Iwuora, International Organization for Migration, Senegal
  • Barbara Laubenthal, University of Texas at Austin
  • Froilan Malit, Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) Programme
  • Thulisile Mphambukeli, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Ruxandra Paul, Amherst College
  • Kamal Sadiq, University of California, Irvine
  • Stephanie Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania
  • Paloma Villegas, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut 

Antinomies of Democracy

Friday, November 16, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm

University of Pennsylvania
Ronald O. Perelman Center
for Political Science and Economics
133 South 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104

With the resurgence of fascism and xenophobia in the world, scholars and pundits have declared that democracy is in crisis. However, history reveals that democracies have always existed amidst systems that thrive on inequality.

This symposium will focus on two questions:

    • Are certain forms of exclusion intrinsic to the practice of democracy?
    • How distinct is contemporary democracy’s relationship to inequality from earlier periods in history?

Conference Participants

  • Anne Norton, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tulia Falleti, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jeffrey Winters, Northwestern University
  • Michael Hanchard, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia, Rutgers University
  • Christopher Parker, University of Washington
  • Demetra Kasimis, University of Chicago
  • Sophia Rosenfeld, University of Pennsylvania


9:00 – 9:15 AM

9:15 – 10:45 AM
Panel 1: Demetria Kasimis, Jeff Winters

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel 2: Christopher Parker, Tulia Falletti

1:30 – 3:00 PM
Panel 3: Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Sophia Rosenfeld

3:00 – 4:30 PM
Panel 4: Michael Hanchard, Anne Norton

4:45 – 5:00 PM
Concluding Remarks

This symposium is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Marginalized Populations Project, Center for Africana Studies, and Department of Africana Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of India, the Political Science Department, and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration.