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UndocuNation Workshop at UC Berkeley

When: February 15, 2013, 9am-5pm
Location: Symposium, campus Multi Cultural Center, UC Berkeley

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG), CultureStr/ke and the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) is thrilled to announce this upcoming year’s UndocuNation at UC Berkeley. We will be bringing together artists, community members, students, faculty and staff from California and the nation focusing attention on critical issues affecting undocumented immigrant communities.

Agenda:
9-9:30am Registration, breakfast and mingling (MCC) [Breakfast]
9:30-9:45am Welcoming remarks by Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Director, CRG)
9:45-10am Spoken Word Performance
10-11:15am Panel #1: Building Resistance: The Politics of the Immigrant Rights Movement (MCC)
Invited panelists: Cecilia Menjivar and Leisy Abrego (legal violence), Kathryn Abrams (SB1070 and Arizona; law and emotions) and Hiroshi Motomura (DREAM Act youth as Americans in waiting); Arely Zimmerman (use of social media and undocuqeer activism)
11:15-11:30am Performance
11:30-12:15pm Lunch
12:15-1:30pm Panel #2: Insurgent Migrations (MCC)
Invited panelists: Evelyn Nakano Glenn (insurgent citizenship and the DREAM Act movement), Juana Maria Rodriguez (queerness/sexuality), Trinh Minh-Ha, Laura Perez (performance art/spirituality), Paola Bacchetta, Martin Manalansan (queer diaspora)
1:30-1:45pm Performance
1:45-3pm Panel #3: Higher Learnings: Undocumented Student Experiences on and off campus (MCC)
Invited panelists: Veronica Terriquez and Caitlin Patler (USC survey); Kevin Escudero (UC Berkeley Haas Innovation Grant), Roberto Gonzales and Shannon Gleeson (differences in the socialization of undocumented,,adults and youth) 3-3:30pm Break (mingling, give folks a chance to take a look around the exhibit, etc.)
3:30-5pm Panel #4: Institutional Social Change: Campus/Community Roundtable (MCC)
Invited panelists: Graduates Reaching a DREAM Deferred (GRADD) student members; Immigrant Student Issues Coalition (ISIC) – Jere Takahashi, Alberto Ledesma and Lupe Gallegos-Diaz; SLAS/EOP office – Fabrizio Mejia and Meng So; AB540 Coalition Reps – Ju Hong, Beto Ortiz, Kiki Vo, May Liang
5:15-5:30pm Performance

7pm-10pm, Performance , International house
Hosted by Bay Area artist Favianna Rodríguez, UndocuNation is an evening of culture jamming, visual art, and performances addressing the devastating consequences of our country’s broken immigration system. Artists from different racial and sexual backgrounds, immigration history and documentation statuses will be sharing artwork and cultural interventions about the current immigration crisis through performances, film excerpts, installations, music and readings. The collaboration of these creative artists attempts to use images and stories to facilitate dialogue that can inspire. UndocuNation is also part of a series of workshops that have been taking place nation-wide has been presented in major U.S. cities, including at our own Bay Area Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

The event itself is comprised of a collage of artistic performances that allow creative cultural workers to speak about their art to shift today’s understanding of what “America” looks like. The UndocuNation event at UC Berkeley will have a particular focus on undocumented immigrant communities and the connections between the politics of immigration, education and creative expression.

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