CPGC Application Deadline: Winter Break Migration Field Study in Mexico CityCPGC Application Deadline: Winter Break Migration Field Study in Mexico Cityhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/1876712011-11-132011-11-13
With Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding
Mexico is one of the pivotal global crossroads and the quintessential border between the global north and south. It is also one of the busiest migration corridors in the world, and tens of thousands of migrants cross it each year trying to get to the United States and Canada. This movement has created transnational communities and upheaval, as well as atrocities like the massacre of San Fernando in the state of Tamaulipas in August, 2010. Even though undocumented immigration of Mexicans to the United States is at a 10 year low, Mexico is still the world’s most prolific producer of migrants. Mexico is also an important destination country for many people: political refugees from many countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and elsewhere; and economic refugees from Central America and the Caribbean. In the teeming cultural capital of Mexico City, all of these currents converge. However, migration is a not only a national concern for Mexicans, but a regional concern for North and Central American countries, especially the United States.
The Casa de los Amigos Migration Field Study, a partnership between the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and Casa de los Amigos, is a one-week program from January 8-15, 2012, that exposes participants to the wide ranging dynamics of migration in Mexico. The field study intends to introduce participants to the complexities of the migratory phenomenon in Mexico. Students will interact directly with a diversity of relevant social actors and agencies. The week also hopes to provide a human face and a living context to help shape an understanding of peoples and communities in movement.
Students and faculty who attend the field study will hear speakers from various NGOs and international agencies who work both with policy and legal issues and who interact directly with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and human trafficking victims. They will visit non-profit and government offices, a refugee cultural center and a “Casa de Migrante” (migrant house) in the State of Mexico.
The field study is coordinated by the Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker center for peace and international understanding in Mexico City. Participants will stay at the Casa’s social justice-oriented guest house in the heart of the city, and also have the chance to visit several important cultural sites and a number of Mexico City’s diverse neighborhoods.
Participants will be provided with advanced readings on relevant topics. There will be debriefing seminar-style discussions each evening integrating reading materials and site visits.
Participating students will also be required to enroll in one of the following courses for Spring 2012:
History 209 Modern Latin America
GNST B145 Introduction to Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Peoples and Cultures
Spanish 222 Rethinking Latin America in Contemporary Narrative
Spanish 322 Mexican Narratives after 1968
To apply, fill out the application on CPGC's home page under Announcements, www.haverford.edu/cpgp, by November 13, 2011 at midnight.
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