Photo by Linda SchaeferPhoto by Linda SchaeferPanelists participating in the conference “Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas” suggest the following resource materials on topics related to those discussed at the conference. Comments made by each panelist about a resource appear largely as provided to reflect her or his understanding of the material.




Thursday, April 25, 2013 Concert and Panel Discussion

From Martha Gonzalez, Lead Singer, Quetzal and PhD Candidate, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington

From George Lipsitz, Professor, Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, April 26, 2013 Program

Welcome Remarks

From Mary C. Waters, Conference Chair, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University


Opening Speaker

From Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of the national bestseller Enrique's Journey


Panel: The Gendering of International Migration

From Donna Gabaccia, Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Panel: Law, Asylum, and Sending Countries

From Cecelia Menjívar, Cowden Distinguished Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University


Panel: The Children of Immigrants

From Roberto Gonzales, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

From Flore Zéphir, Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Missouri

Some important books on second-generation immigrants, including second-generation Haitian immigrants:


Concluding Remarks

From Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, City University of New York, Hunter College


Supplemental Resources to Associated Events

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4:00 p.m.
Location: Barker Center, Kresge Foundation Room, Cambridge, MA
Reading and discussion: "Narrative and Immigration in the Americas"
Speaker: Glenda Carpio, Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, will lead a public discussion with writer and Harvard graduate Karla Cornejo-Villavicencio ’11, who has been a research assistant for Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker, an adjunct scholar at Lapham’s Quarterly, and a contributing writer for Interview Magazine and The Atlantic online.
Sponsored by the Department of English and the Radcliffe Institute
Readings from Professor Carpio's course, English 172: New Immigrant Narratives:
During the last fifty years, the United States has received immigrants from many Latin American, Caribbean, African, and Asian countries in contrast to previous waves of immigration, which were primarily from northern or eastern Europe. This course focuses on recently published immigrant texts, taking on a comparative approach that is rooted in a historicized exploration of immigrant narratives in American literature. Special emphasis is given to literary form.
Teju Cole, Open City (2011)
Edwidge Dandicat, Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994)
Junot Díaz, Drown (1996); The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007); This is How You Lose Her (2012)
Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy (1990)
John Leguizamo, The Works of John Leguizamo (2008)
Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears (2008)
Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine (1989)
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin (1957)
Richard Rodriguez, Hunger of Memory (1982)
Henry Roth, Call It Sleep (1934)
Pirí Thomas, Down These Mean Streets (1967)

Wednesday May 1, 2013

2:15-4:00 p.m.
Location: 29 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Student performances: English 90ac, Cut-Tongue Theaters: Asian American and Chicana/o Playwrights
Students will present final projects that engage both creatively and critically with plays by various artists, including Culture Clash, Rajiv Joseph, Young Jean Lee, Cherrie Moraga, Diana Son, and Luis Valdez. 
Please RSVP to Professor Ju Yon Kim, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English,
Supplemental readings:
Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera
Culture Clash, Culture Clash in AmeriCCA and Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy
Rajiv Joseph, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Animals out of Paper
Young Jean Lee, Lear and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven
Cherríe Moraga, Heroes and Saints and The Hungry Woman
Diana Son, Stop Kiss and "Handsome"
Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit and Los Vendidos
Chay Yew, et al., The Square