Dates: 5 - 7 May, 2004

 During this event, Scholars from Mexico and the United States will have the opportunity to share their studies, experience and opinions on the trends that characterize Mexican Immigration to the Southeast.


The Symposium will be held in different locations according to the following agenda.

Wednesday, May 5

Kennesaw State University
Student Center, 2nd Floor
Rooms B, C, D, E
1000 Chastain Road, Building 5 (On-line Map)
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
(404) 423-6000                               

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.                          Welcome Remarks

Remedios Gómez-Arnau, Consul General of Mexico
Dr. Akunmu Adebayo, Director of the Institute for Global Studies, Kennesaw State University

4:20 – 5:10 p.m.                          Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys
“The Multicultural Economy: Minority Buying Power in the New Century”
Director Economic Forecasting
Selig Center for Economic Growth
Terry College of Business
The University of Georgia.

5:10 – 5:20 p.m.                          Wrap up

Thursday, May 6

Georgia State Campus
Senate Salon, Student Center, 1rst Floor
33 Gilmer Street, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 404-651-2000

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                          Welcome Remarks

Dr. Carl V. Patton, President
Dr. Arthur Murphy, Associate Vice President of Research
Dr. Hector Fernandez, Director for Latin American Studies
Georgia State University

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.                        First Session                                           

Dr. Julia Perilla, Georgia State University
“Through the Eyes of Youth: Mexican Immigrant Families in Georgia”

Dr. Art Hansen, Clark Atlanta University
“Black and White and Latin in Atlanta”
10:30 – 10:40 a.m.                      Break

10:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.          Second Session                                        

Hernan Prado, Alabama Latin American Association
“Knowing my Hispanic Neighbor: Dynamics of Immigration in the Southeast”

Dr. Raymond Mohl, University of Alabama
"Mexican Migration to Alabama”


Angela Stuesse, University of Texas
“From One Southeast to Another: Experiences, Challenges, and Resources of Mexican Migrants in Mississippi” 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.                        Lunch on your own

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.                          Third Session

North Carolina
Dr. Raleigh Bailey, The University of North Carolina
“Using the University for Immigrant Empowerment”

Maria Teresa Palmer, The University of North Carolina
"Researching the schooling of Latino Immigrants in North Carolina: Findings and Follow- up of a high-school case study."

2:45 – 2:55 p.m.                          Break

2:55 -  4:25 p.m.                          Fourth Session

South Carolina
Dr. Elaine Lacy, The University of South Carolina,
“Cumbia and Country Music: Mexican Migrants and Transnationalism in South Carolina”

Dr. Marcela Mendoza, The University of Memphis
“Echando Raices: Mexican Settlement in Memphis”

David Lubell, Tennessee Immigrants and Refugees Rights Coalition
“Gaining Ground –Immigrant Organizing and Coalition Building in Tennessee and the New South

4:25 – 5:00 p.m.                          Wrap up

Friday, May 7   

Emory  University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
Jones Room
540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
(404) 727-6562

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                          Welcome Remarks

Dr. James W. Wagner, President
Dr. Jeffrey Lesser, Director, Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Dr. Mary Odem, Professor, Department of History and Women’s Studies

Emory University
Moderator for all May 7th sessions: Mary Odem

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.                      First Session

Dr. Francisco Alba
Colegio de Mexico, Member of the United Nations Migration Commission.“Exploring new avenues to manage Mexico – US Migration”

Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro
Director of the Department of International Studies
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico
“The migration: a qualitative step towards the formation of an Economic Community of North America”

Dr. Rodolfo Cruz
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
“The role of the border in the international migration Mexico – United States of America”

11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.                               South of the Border Buffet Luncheon

Sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Institute of Comparative and International Studies, Hightower Fund, Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning and Office of International Affairs

12:30 -  2:00 p.m.                        Second Session

Dr. Gustavo Verduzco
Director of the Center for Sociological Studies at El Colegio de Mexico
“New Challenges and dilemmas of the Mexican Migration to the United States”

Dr. Victor Zuñiga
Universidad de Monterrey
“Mexican Immigration to the South: Community and Symbolic Impacts”

Dr. Agustin Escobar
Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Antropology, Guadalajara, Mexico
“New Mexican Migrants: The poorest migrants from Mexico in the United States”                                                                                                                                               

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.                          Closing Remarks                

Mary Odem, Professor, Department of History and Women’s Studies, Emory University
Arthur Murphy, Associate Vice President of Research, Georgia State University
Trish Kalivoda, Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, The University of Georgia
Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General of Mexico