Lessons From Ferguson About Rights, Race and Place

September 8, 2014Lessons from Ferguson panel

A panel discussion at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wilson Library brought together experts from a variety of academic disciplines to explore the recent violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Lessons From Ferguson About Rights, Race and Place” was co-sponsored by The Center for Urban & Regional Studies and the Institute of African American Research.  The panelists offered brief remarks on the key underlying factors that led to the events in Ferguson and suggested actions to decrease the likelihood of similar incidents happening in other places, including North Carolina. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: Immigrant Advocacy in the U.S. South: Sub-federal policy formation and the impact of pro- and anti-immigrant groups

Nina Martin, Assistant Professor, Geography

late 1800s cartoon In this talk, Dr. Martin will present proposed and on-going research exploring the growth, nature, and trajectory of activism around the issue of immigration in the U.S. South, which has seen unprecedented rates of immigration and an upswing of anti-immigrant sentiment. The research seeks to establish a framework for studying the agency, intention, and tactics of civil society organizations and policy makers as they craft legislation effecting those who are largely disenfranchised. Using a mixed methods approach of survey research and open-ended interviews, the research will document the range of responses by immigrant groups on all sides of the debate to the perceived threats and opportunities created by a political environment espousing the “self deportation” of undocumented immigrants. Continue reading