Online Course

In preparation for the Forum, over the next four weeks select articles will be posted each Monday on this website.

The major foci of the readings are the economics of immigration, Catholic Social Teaching on immigration, and the current immigration debate in the United States. Faculty who participated on the committee which chose these readings will guide internet conversation on the articles for those on the Notre Dame campus and beyond.

The purpose of this exercise is to initiate a sustained conversation on immigration policy in light of Catholic Social Teaching. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate.

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Spring Courses Related to Immigration

Border Issues

The Center for Social Concerns offers a one-credit Border Issues Seminar in January 2008.

This seminar focuses on immigration and related issues that surface between the United States and Mexico. Participants travel to El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to meet with refugees, work with parish organizations, and discuss policy issues. Annunciation House is the host organization.

For more information:

Paul Horn

Jim Paladino

Caribbean Diasporas ILS 30101
(Cross-listed with Anth 30370, AFAm 30775, SOC 30070, LAST 30001, AMST 30609)
Faculty: Karen Richman

While the domination of capital and the displacement of people have long structured Caribbean life, intensified “development” during recent decades has spurred an unexpected human exodus toward North America and Europe. Yet, dispersal of up to 20% of some island populations has resulted neither in assimilation into host locations nor severed ties to the home. Caribbean migrants have rather created forms of social relation that link together their societies of origin and settlement. Their communities span multiple sites across nation-states, linked by constant comings and goings of messages, people, politicians, spirits, gifts, and money.

This course explores transnationalist orientations and practices of people from Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), Martinique and Puerto Rico. We study the unfolding of domestic, economic, ritual, and political relations across transnational social fields. Our sources include ethnography, fiction, history, music, art, food, and film.

Holy Cross Seminars

The Center for Social Concerns also offers the Holy Cross Mission in Education Seminar and the Holy Cross Mission in Hispanic Ministry Seminar. For more information: Bill Purcell

Migration Courses

Immigration in Global Perspective (ANTH 30305, cross-listed with AMST, LAST, POLS, and SOC)
Requirement: sophomores and higher
Professor: Maurizio Albahari, Anthropology

Race, Ethnicity and Power (ANTH 40355, cross-listed with AMST, LAST, POLS, and SOC)
Requirement: sophomores and higher
Professor: Maurizio Albahari, Anthropology

Fall 2007 Courses

The Logics & Politics of International Migration (POLS 30490 - 01)
Professor: Tony Messina, Political Science

Global Media and Migration (ANTH 40835, CRN 18766)
Professor: Maurizio Albahari, Anthropology

From YouTube to Al Jazeera and CNN, the global mass media industry plays a fundamental role in the production, circulation, and consumption of identities, meanings, representations, and regulations. This course investigates the mass media coverage of the topic of "immigration," focusing on the complex practices and issues involving the producers, consumers, and subjects of media representation. Among the latter, we will focus on the cases of "Mexican," "Muslim," and refugee migration, with an eye to the 2007 Notre Dame Forum and problems of religion, gender, language, race, terrorism, sovereignty and borders. To this end, we will examine, discuss, and evaluate documentary and feature films, newspapers and magazines, ads, the Internet, TV and radio talk shows. Deploying a comparative approach and mainly examining the US arena alongside the European one, we will be able to appreciate both global and distinctive trends in the coverage of migration. In addition to building our expertise on media and migration through lectures, discussions, and hands-on analyses, we will work with mass media professionals and collectively produce a "white paper" with recommendations and practical tools toward a more empirically-based coverage of migration.

Mexican Immigration: A South Bend Case Study (ILS45103/ ANTH 45030/LAST 40650/SOC 48040)
Professor: Karen Richman

Migration, Documented (ILS 30707/LAST 30653/SOC 30043)
Professor: Karen Richman

The migration of people from their homelands is as old as humanity. Yet migration is still misunderstood; emigrants are often seen as traitors and immigrants as dangerous and self-serving invaders. Film is a burgeoning medium for documenting the experience of migration for the migrants themselves, the communities they leave and the societies in which they settle. Documenting migration compels us to question the meanings of borders, the nature of identity, and the possibility of cultural pluralism and integration.

This one-credit course showcases documentary films [LINK TO STORIES PAGE, ANCHOR AT FILMS] about transnational migration. The Notre Dame and local community are invited to the film screenings. Linked to the University’s Forum on immigration, the film series is being held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. There are seven screenings starting on September 5th and ending on October 17. There will not be a film shown on the first meeting

Courses related to the Cosmopolitanism conference:

Modern Political Thought (POLS 30620 01, GSC 30600 01)
Professor: Eileen Botting

Theories of Human Rights (POLS 43001 07)
Professor: Ruth Abbey

Cultural Difference and Social Change (GSC 30630 01)
Professor: Vassy Tsitsopoulou