Global Goes Local: Conference on Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers & Families in MN

The second annual conference of "The Global Goes Local: The Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota Conference" will be held April 11-12, 2011, at the Atwood Student Center, St. Cloud State University. Conference events are free and open to the public.

The conference is sponsored by the SCSU College of Social Sciences (COSS) Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota and the University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center.

Faculty and student researchers will present their research on a wide range of topics, including agricultural activity, demography and settlement patterns, economic measures for discussing immigration, employment, labor organizations, and language acquisition. UMN students presenting at the conference include Mohamed Dirie, Saida Hassan, Mustafa Jumale and John Ziegler.

Dirie, Hassan and Jumale also will discuss Sheeko, an oral history project documenting perspectives of young Somali immigrants and their aspirations. They are working with the IHRC to research Somali youth integration.

IHRC Director and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair Donna R. Gabaccia will give a keynote lecture titled "Workers at the Border: Class in American Immigration Policy" on April 12.