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The plight of displaced people the focus of series of events

October 23, 2009

People on the Move” will be the focus of a conference at Loyola University New Orleans, examining the people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, migrant workers and refugees. The conference, which takes place from Oct. 28 through Nov. 17, is sponsored by the Jesuit Social Research Center and funded in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. All events take place on Loyola’s main campus and are free and open to the public.

The events begin Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Hall, with a screening of the film “Trouble the Water,” followed by a discussion with film participants Kimberly Rivers Roberts and Scott Roberts. Called “one of the best American documentaries in recent memory” by The New York Times, the film tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath through the lives of the people it displaced.

Other events include:

  • “Katrina’s Internally Displaced People: The Stats and the Stories” panel discussion and lunch, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 12:40-1:50 p.m., Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, with Allison Plyer, Greater New Orleans Community Data Center; Liz McCartney, St. Bernard Project; and Loyola juniors Kimble Wright and Macede Jackson.

  • “Migration in the South: Emerging Trends and Critical Issues,” lecture Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7:30-9 p.m., Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, with Manuel Vasquez, Ph.D., professor of religion, University of Florida.

  • “Creating Opportunities - and Justice - for Migrants in the U.S.: Roles for students and the University,” panel discussion and lunch, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12:40- 1:50 p.m., Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, with panelists Martin Gutierrez, Catholic Charities and Archdiocese of New Orleans; Anna Chavez, JSRI and Justice for Immigrants Campus Campaign; and an audio interview by reporter Douglas McGray.

  • “Workers on the Move: Migration and Justice in America,” lecture, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Danna Student Center, St. Charles Room, with Kim Bobo, founder and director, Interfaith Worker Justice and author of “Wage Theft in America.”

  • “Coming Face-to-Face with the Stranger: Experiences of Service and Immersion,” panel discussion and lunch, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12:40-1:50 p.m., Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, with Tom Greene, S.J., Loyola Sociology Department, JSRI associate for migration; Justine Diamond, ’06, Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; Josh Daly, University Ministry and Ignacio Volunteers; and Loyola Center for International Education.

  • “Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Human Rights and Catholic Social Teaching,” lecture, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7:30-9 p.m., Danna Student Center St. Charles Room, with Katrine Camilleri, Ph. D., assistant director, Jesuit Refugee Services, Malta.

Housed in the College of Social Sciences, JSRI is a collaborative project of Loyola University and the Jesuit New Orleans Province. JSRI offers research, social analysis, theological reflection and practical strategies for improving the social and economic conditions of the southern United States and in select parts of the Caribbean and Latin America, with particular focus on issues of poverty, race and migration in the light of Catholic social teaching.

For more information on the conference, contact Mary Baudouin at JSRI at 504-865-7748 or at mbaudouin@norprov.org. For more information on the College of Social Sciences, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.

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