2017-19: Borders, Migration, and Belonging


Where do dislocated people belong? 
Who is a migrant? Who is a refugee? 
What does home mean? 
Where is immigration law and policy headed? 

Borders, Migration, and Belonging
A two-year theme of inquiry exploring the human experience of migration in Oregon, the United States, and the wider world.



October 27, 2017
Featuring Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Torrie Hester, and Sharon Luk.

November 6, 2017

Documented chronicles the life journey of Jose Antonio Vargas. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Vargas. 

November 10, 2018
Portland City Club

Jose Antonio Vargas was hosted by Portland City Club to discuss the place of storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity.

Feb. 8-9, 2018
This conference focused attention on the current status of U.S. immigration law and policy.

woman harvesting corn

March 7, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California, delivered the 2018 Acker-Morgen Lecture.


Oct. 24, 2017
Featuring Jose Antonio Vargas


6:30 p.m. January 22, 2019
175 Knight Law Center

A panel discussion on the economic impacts of immigration in Oregon, the impact of Ballot Measure 105 on communities, and possible policy issues in the 2019 Legislative Session.

People exiting a train in Boston, MA

6:30 p.m. January 16, 2019
175 Knight Law Center

Featuring 2018-19 Wayne Morse Chair Mae Ngai, professor of Asian American studies and history at Columbia University.




6:30 p.m. November 1, 2018
Featuring Jess Campbell, Rural Organizing Project; Terri Givens, author and professor; Zakir Khan, Council on American-Islamic Relations—Oregon; and Laura Pulido, UO Ethnic Studies