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April 2, 2007

Convocation Examines Vulnerabilities Of Labor Migrants April 5-7

The conditions and vulnerabilities of labor migrants will be the focus of the eighth annual University of Iowa Crossing Borders Convocation Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7 on the University of Iowa campus. The convocation is free and open to the public and will feature distinguished visiting speakers as well as panel discussions by Crossing Borders fellows and UI faculty.

The convocation begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the International Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre with a keynote lecture titled "Migration, Transnational Communities and the Myth of Immigration Control." Mark Grey, director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration and professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, will give the keynote address. The center is an award-winning program that provides consultation, training and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations and employers as they deal with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers.

Grey received his doctorate in applied anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has published extensively in academic journals on immigration. He has also published extensively for non-academic audiences, including New Americans, New Iowans. Grey has won numerous awards for his activities, including the Iowa Friends of Civil Rights Award, The Iowa Council for International Understanding Vision Award, The University of Northern Iowa Distinguished Service Award and the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

The convocation continues at 8:45 a.m. Friday, April 6, with a guest lecture by Joseph Nevins, assistant professor of geography and Mary Clark Rockefeller assistant professor of environmental studies at Vassar College. Nevins will present "Global Apartheid? International Mobility, Migrant Vulnerability, and the U.S.-Mexico Boundary and Beyond." Faculty and student panels will also take place throughout the day. Friday's events conclude with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. Rachel Kurian, senior lecturer in international labor economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, will discuss "Toiling to Care: The Vulnerabilities of Women Health Workers in the global labor market."

Events on Saturday begin with at 8 a.m. with a breakfast reception with Sidney Mintz, research professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Anthropology. The reception will be followed by a dissertation panel and roundtable discussion.

The Crossing Borders Program was created nine years ago in response to the scholarly challenges brought on by globalization and has been holding convocations since 1998. The annual convocation serves as a forum for the presentation of research by UI faculty and graduate students, as well as invited lecturers.

The Crossing Borders Program is funded by UI International Programs. The Crossing Borders Program, International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sponsor the convocation.

For more information, a schedule of events or special accommodations to attend the convocation, visit or contact Heidi Vekemans at or 319-335-3862.

Crossing Borders is affiliated with International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Heidi Vekemans, 319-335-3862,; Writer: Kelli Andresen.