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Cumbre 2013

Conferencistas

La 5a Cumbre de las Grandes Planicies presentará a un orador de renombre nacional, una serie de paneles o conversatorios con conocidos académicos, organizadores comunitarios y políticos y las voces críticas de estudiantes comprometidos.  Los panelistas tendrán la oportunidad de entablar un diálogo con la audiencia sobre cuestiones cruciales para la comunidad latina y migrante, al igual que esbozar una agenda latina para el cambio social en el siglo 21.

ORADOR PRINCIPAL:
Pedro Noguera, educador galardonado, escritor y activista

Pedro Noguera es profesor de la Cátedra de Educación Peter L. Agnew en la Universidad de New York (NYU). Tiene cargos académicos en los departamentos de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje y Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales en la Escuela Steinhardt de Cultura, Eduación y Desarrollo en NYU.  Además, es Director Ejecutivo del Centro Metropolitano de Educación Urbana Educación y co-Director del Instituto para el  Estudio de la Globalización y la Educación en Entornos  Metropolitanos (IGEMS). El Dr. Noguera es autor de siete libros y más de 150 artículos y monografías.  Sus libros más recientes son Crear la oportunidad de aprender con A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011) y Nunca más invisibles: Comprender y responder a la privación de derechos de los hombres latinos con A. Hurtado y E. Fergus (Routledge, 2011).  El Dr. Noguera aparece habitualmente como comentarista de temas educativos en CNN, National Public Radio, y otros medios de alcance nacional. Entre el 2009 - 2012 fue Fideicomiso de la Universidad Estatal de New York (SUNY), designado por el Gobernador. Actualmente es miembro del Comité Directivo de numerosas organizaciones nacionales y locales, incluyendo el Instituto de Política Económica, el Instituto de Liderazgo de las Jóvenes, la Corporación Después de la Escuela y la Revista The Nation. ¡Regístrese ahora para asistir al Almuerzo y Charla Magistral del Dr. Noguera!

PANELISTAS:
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Leisy Abrego, Profesora Asistente de Estudios Chicanos en la Universidad de California en Los Angeles (UCLA)

Leisy J. Abrego es Profesora Asistente en el Departamento César E. Chávez de Estudios Chicanos Chicana en UCLA. Como socióloga, la Dra. Abrego está interesada en el estudio de las familias, la migración centroamericana y las experiencias vividas por los inmigrantes latinos bajo las leyes de inmigración de los Estados Unidos. Su primer libro, “Sacrificando familias: surcando leyes, mano de obra y amor a través de las fronteras”, será publicado por Stanford University Press en la primavera del 2014. En él, examina el bienestar de los inmigrantes y sus familias —tanto en los Estados Unidos como en sus países de origen— en la medida en que éstos se ven afectados por las políticas de inmigración y las expectativas de género.

 

Juan Artola, ex-Director Regional para América del Sur de la Organización Internacional de Migración y Nuevo Director Ejecutivo de la Red Internacional de Migración y Desarrollo (Uruguay)

Juan Artola, uruguayo, es sociólogo con estudios de posgrado en Relaciones Internacionales. Ha trabajado como consultor para la UNDP y UNHCHR en América Central. In  1988 se incorporó a la Organización Internacional para la Migración (IOM), en el cargo de Representante en Nicaragua, Perú, Haití, República Dominicana y México. Nombrado Director Regional de la OIM para Sur América desde Buenos Aires en el 2009, se retiró en el 2012 para unirse al Instituto de Políticas Migratorias Internacionales en la Universidad Tres de Febrero en Argentina, donde es investigador y profesor. También dicta cursos de posgrado en Brasil y Uruguay.          

 

Lissette Aliaga-Linares, OLLAS Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares is the post-doctoral research associate in the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO. She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Texas-Austin in 2012. She has conducted comparative research in several Latin American countries, and combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research. In the U.S. context, she has focused on policies affecting racial-ethnic minorities and immigrant communities. She has been involved in community-based research about hiring practices affecting day laborers, housing and low income Colonias in Texas. Since her arrival in Omaha late this summer, Dr. Aliaga-Linares has worked on reports on the current state of Latinos and Latino businesses in Nebraska. She is a skilled demographer with a sophisticated understanding of demographic and spatial analysis. In her young career, she has already published a book as well as several articles and policy reports.

 

Horacio Castellanos Moya, Writer, University of Iowa

Horacio Castellanos Moya is a writer from El Salvador. For two decades he worked as editor of news agencies, magazines and newspapers in Mexico, Guatemala and his own country. He has published eleven novels, five short story collections and two books of essays. His novels have been translated into twelve languages; four of them (Senselessness, The She-Devil in the mirror, Dance with Snakes and Tyrant memory) are available in English. Currently he teaches at the University of Iowa.

 

Raúl Delgado Wise, President of the International Network on Migration and Development, Zacatecas, Mexico

President of the International Network on Migration and Development, co-Director of the Critical Development Studies Network, professor and former director (2002-2012) of the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, and general coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Migration, Development and Human Rights. Dr. Delgado Wise has been guest lecturer in more than 30 countries in the 5 continents and is author/editor of 22 books and more than 150 essays, including book chapters and refereed articles.

 

Luin Goldring, Associate Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada

Luin Goldring is an Associate Professor of Sociology at York University (Toronto). She is currently involved in research examining immigrants and precarious work, poverty and employment precarity, and institutional negotiations of status in school settings. Recent publications address the intersections of precarious legal status and precarious work, the institutional production of precarious migratory status, Latin American community organizing in Toronto, and methodological challenges in transnational studies. She is the co-editor, with Patricia Landolt, of Producing and Negotiating Non-Citizen Precarious Legal Status in Canada (University of Toronto Press).

 

Julie Greene, Professor of History at the University of Maryland

Julie Greene is Professor of History at the University of Maryland at College Park. She specializes in United States labor and immigration history. She is the author most recently of The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal (Penguin Press, 2009). A native Nebraskan, Greene is also the author of “Corn and Country: Nebraska, Mexico, and the Global Economy,” published in Dissent in Fall 2010. With Ira Berlin, she is co-founder and co-director of the Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland, a center dedicated to generating knowledge of the history and politics of global migrations.

 

Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science at Menlo College, California

Dr. Melissa R. Michelson (Ph.D. Yale University, 1994) is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. She is coauthor of Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (2012), which received the 2013 Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. She has published thirty articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and a dozen chapters in edited volumes, including recent pieces in Politics, Groups, and Identities, International Migration Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

 

Emanuel Pleitez, Chair of Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Emanuel Pleitez is a first-generation Angeleno, born in South Los Angeles and raised in the Eastside neighborhood of El Sereno. He is the son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, but was brought up by a single mother. He is a graduate of Stanford University in Urban Studies. 

Beginning in 2007, Pleitez worked as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs. He left Goldman Sachs when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, after being selected to serve as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Following the presidential transition, Pleitez ran for Congressional Representative of the 32nd District of California against Gil Cedillo and Judy Chu.
Subsequently, Pleitez was appointed to the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) as Special Assistant to Chairman Paul Volcker. There, he "delivered recommendations to President Obama on workforce development, tax reform, financial regulatory reform, infrastructure financing, and residential retrofitting."

In 2013, he was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, running a creative grassroots campaign where dozens of youth were recruited to and trained to all positions of the campaign, he will speak more to this point this at this year’s Cumbre. He was recently appointed to serve on the City of Los Angeles Board of Pensions.

Pleitez has been involved in many charitable and non-profit projects. He currently serves as the Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Institute. In 2008 he became the Board of Directors Chair for the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), a position he still retains.

 

Bryan R. Roberts, C.B. Smith Sr. Chair in US-Mexico Relations and Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin

After completing a degree in History at Balliol College, Oxford, Bryan Roberts took a Doctorate in Sociology in Chicago in 1964. Returning to Britain, Roberts taught at the University of Manchester from 1964 to 1986, ending with a Chair in Sociology. During this period, he did field research in Guatemala, Peru and Mexico. In 1986, he came to Austin as C.B. Smith Sr. Chair # 1 in US-Mexico Relations, focusing his research interests on urban poverty and employment in Mexico and Latin America and, more recently, on migration, spatial differentiation,  citizenship and social policy and on urban crime and violence..  Among his books are Organizing Strangers (1973), Cities of Peasants (1978), The Making of Citizens (1995), the coauthored with Norman Long, Migrants,Peasants and Entrepreneurs (1984) and various edited collections, including Rethinking Latin American Development (2005) with Charles Wood and Ciudades latinoamericanas: un análisis comparative en el umbral del Nuevo siglo, (2008) with Alejandro Portes and Alejandro Grimson, and Urban Segregation and Governance in the Americas (2009) with Robert Wilson. He has been Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and of its Mexican Center.

 

Rogelio Sáenz, Dean of the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio

Rogelio Sáenz is Dean of the College of Public Policy and Peter Flawn Professor of Demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Sáenz has written extensively in the areas of demography, Latina/os, race and ethnic relations, inequality, and immigration.  He is co-editor of Latina/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América, co-author of Latino Issues: A Reference Handbook, and author of the Population Reference Bureau’s Population Bulletin Update titled Latinos in the United States 2010.  He is currently President-Elect of the Southwestern Social Science Association and is also Chair of the Council of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. 

 

Sergio Sosa, Executive Director of the Heartland Workers Center, Omaha, NE

Sergio Sosa was born in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. He has been organizing for the last 33 years and currently is the full-time Executive Director of the Heartland Workers Center, an organization that works with Latino/a immigrant workers, educating them on their rights as workers and how to become leaders in the workplace and their communities.  It also aims at increasing the civic participation of the Latino/a community to address issues affecting it, such as immigration and the Latino vote. In his 17 years in the United States, Sergio has worked as an Organizer for Omaha Together One Community and for the Industrial Areas Foundation where he was responsible for identifying and training leaders. Sergio was responsible for organizing unions in meatpacking plants, along with the United Food and Commercial Workers. He developed the Latino Soccer League for the purpose of organizing workers’ committees. He is one of the founders of the transnational organization, IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity. IXIM serves Guatemalans living in Omaha, most of them from the Huehuetenango Department, members of the Huehuetenango Dioceses, and non-Latino (Anglo) members from a number of Catholic Churches under Omaha’s Archdiocese.  He also served as the Director of the Social Pastoral Ministry for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.