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    African Forced Migration through the Mediterranean
    Meet Jacqueline Abad
    Time: 11:50 am – 1:10 pm
    Location: Olin Language Center, Room 115
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  Thursday, October 25, 2018
African Forced Migration through the Mediterranean
Meet Jacqueline Abad
Olin Language Center, Room 115  11:50 am – 1:10 pm
Social worker Jacqueline Abad has worked for different NGOs, including the Red Cross in Almería, Spain, helping African immigrants who try to get to Europe through the Mediterranean. On Thursday, October 25, Jacqueline will share with Bard students her experience. She will also provide information on volunteering opportunities that involve working with the African immigrant community in Spain. Please note that this event will be in Spanish. Open to the Bard community.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Human Rights Project; LAIS Program; Spanish Studies
Contact: Patricia Lopez-Gay  845-758-6822
Monday, October 15, 2018
Designing Ethics: Racial Imaginaries and the Interweaving of Power in Peruvian Ethical Fashion Design
Patricia Alvarez, Brandeis University
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:45 pm
In Peru, garments bring together bodies, fabrics, and symbols in a textured weave that has everything to do with power and the power of representation. The expansion of “ethical fashion” - akin to fair trade commodities - has opened a space of dialogue across an intractable racial divide. In this talk, Patricia will trace how fashion designers attempt to create a new post-conflict, inclusive, indigenous-oriented, multicultural “look” for Peru. At stake in her analysis are the ethical claims of design practices in ethical capitalist fashion supply chains.

Patricia's film Entretejido will also be presented. Entretejido weaves together the different sites and communities involved in the making of alpaca wool fashions, from animal to runway. The film is a sensorial immersion into the textures that compose this supply chain, bringing viewers into contact with the ways objects we wear are entangled in national racial politics.
Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Experimental Humanities Program; LAIS Program
Contact: Gregory Duff Morton  845-758-7662
  Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Socioeconomic Integration of U.S. Immigrant Groups over the Long Term: The Second Generation and Beyond.
Stephen J. Trejo, Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
We document generational patterns of educational attainment and earnings for contemporary immigrant groups. We also discuss some potentially serious measurement issues that arise when attempting to track the socioeconomic progress of the later-generation descendants of U.S. immigrants, and we summarize what recent research has to say about these measurement issues and how they might bias our assessment of the long-term integration of particular groups. Most national origin groups arrive with relatively high educational attainment and/or experience enough improvement between the first and second generations such that they quickly meet or exceed, on average, the schooling level of the typical American. Several large and important Hispanic groups (including Mexicans and Puerto Ricans) are exceptions to this pattern, however, and their prospects for future upward mobility are subject to much debate. Because of measurement issues and data limitations, Mexican Americans in particular and Hispanic Americans in general probably have experienced significantly more socioeconomic progress beyond the second generation than available data indicate. Even so, it may take longer for their descendants to integrate fully into the American mainstream than it did for the descendants of the European immigrants who arrived near the turn of the twentieth century.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Economics Program; Historical Studies Program; LAIS Program; Levy Economics Institute; Sociology Program
Contact: Joel Perlmann  845-758-6822 x7667
Thursday, September 27, 2018
The Unwanted: Stories and Photographs from Central American Migration Through Mexico
Joseph Sorrentino, Photographer
Aspinwall 302  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Each year, approximately 400,000 Central Americans enter Mexico “irregularly,” using unofficial entry points. The vast majority are fleeing the extreme violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, countries whose murder rates consistently rank among the world’s highest. Most hope to obtain asylum in the U.S., but that’s now becoming virtually impossible.

Americans often wonder why people would choose to take such a dangerous journey. A volunteer in a Mexican shelter summarized it this way: “They think, ‘If I stay in my home country, I will die. If I go, I may die.’ They choose between certain and possible death.”

Follow the trail of these migrant lives as documented in photographs by Joseph Sorrentino under the auspices of the Puffin Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.
Sponsored by: Global and International Studies Program; Human Rights Program; LAIS Program; Spanish Studies
Contact: Melanie Nicholson  845-758-7382
  Tuesday, September 11, 2018
What Majority-Minority Society? The Rise and Significance of Ethnoracially Mixed Parentage
Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Based on demographic projections, most Americans believe that their society will transition soon to a majority-minority one. But the projections fail to adequately account for a major social and demographic phenomenon of the early 21st century: the rise of a group of young Americans with mixed minority-white ancestry. In a departure from the one-drop regime of past racism, these individuals appear to be growing up in mixed family settings, but because of the binary, zero-sum rigidities that still guide our thinking, they are mostly classified as minorities in demographic data. Without this classification, however, the emergence of a majority-minority society in the foreseeable future is far from certain. Moreover, the evidence we possess about the characteristics, social affiliations, and identities of mixed individuals contradicts an exclusively minority classification, except for partly black individuals, who suffer from high levels of racism. Taking into account the ambiguous social locations of most mixed minority-white persons, I suggest that, even should a majority-minority society appear, it will not look like we presently imagine it.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; LAIS Program; Political Studies Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Joel Perlmann  845-758-6822 x7667
Sunday, February 25, 2018
¡Viva Puerto Rico!
Benefit Concert for Hurricane Maria Victims
Olin Hall  4:00 pm
The plena group Bomplé and an orchestra of Bard student musicians conducted by Andres Rivas '16 will perform traditional Puerto Rican songs and other Caribbean favorites to raise funds for the hurricane relief organizations United for Puerto Rico and the Ricky Martin Foundation for Puerto Rico.*

Suggested donation $10 at the door. *Donation checks should be made out one of the two relief organizations above.
Sponsored by: Bard College Conservatory of Music; Music Program
Contact: Ann Gabler  845-758-7196