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(I)Migra/ción: Violence, Movement, and Identity en Nuestra América

Join the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship for a student organized, week-long series of events that are free and open to the public.


Monday, 11/11

(I)Migr/arte with Nora H. Litz

James House, 7 - 9:30 PM


Meet Nora Litz, a Philadelphia-based artist who has worked extensively in both the U.S. and Mexico. In 2011, she created El viaje de los niños (The Journey of the Children), a multimedia project depicting the stories of Mexican children who have crossed the border to come to Philadelphia.


Tuesday, 11/12

(I), Dreamer with Juntos

Ira DeA. Reid House, 7 - 9 PM


Meet the youth of JUNTOS, a Latino immigrant-led community organization in Philadelphia. Listen to their experiences as undocumented migrants in the U.S. and their struggles towards a path to citizenship and for rights. JUNTOS unites immigrants in their roles as workers, parents, and youth, and advocates for human rights.


Wednesday, 11/13

(I), Nadie (No one) Film Screening and Discussion: De Nadie

Multicultural Center (Stokes 106), 7 - 9 PM


Join us for a screening of De Nadie, a powerful documentary about Central American migrants that gives a glimpse of the journey across Mexico and the reasons for migration across such a dangerous route. A discussion facilitated by BMC Lecturer of Anthropology, Beth Uzwiak will follow the film.


Thursday, 11/14

(I)Witness Fundraising Dinner and Talk with Amelia Frank-Vitale

CPGC Cafe (dinner), 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Multicultural Center (Stokes 106) (talk), 7:00 - 8:30 PM


Come to learn about the political and economic climate in Central America, one of the world’s most violent regions, from Amelia. Enjoy a nice dinner while helping raise money for Casa Tochan, a migrant shelter in Mexico City that houses aids Central American migrants.


Suggested donation for the fundraiser is $10-$30. The fundraising dinner is open to the first 25 people to reserve a spot, however the talk at 7:00 is open to all.  Email to reserve your spot.


Amelia Frank-Vitale is a Fellow with The Institute of Current World Affairs in Mexico, where she focuses on issues faced by unauthorized migrants en route to the US. She researches the intersections between the war on drugs, organized crime groups, party politics, and the varieties of violence faced by Central American migrants on their way to the US.



Friday, 11/15

(I), Pedro. (I), Amalia. Two talks by Pedro Aguilar and Amalia Melendez Padilla

Lunch and Community Conversation: CPGC Cafe (Stokes 104), 12PM

Evening Talk: Chase Auditorium, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Pedro Aguilar Benegas was born in 1990 in the town of Yoro, Honduras, one of eight children in his family. Before leaving Honduras in May 2012, he studied Agriculture for two years. On his way to the U.S., he suffered an accident and was forced to change his migration plans. Today he resides in Mexico City, where he is involved in volunteer work aiding other Central American migrants.


24 year-old Amalia Melendez Padilla is from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. A single mother, she left her son with her parents and migrated to the U.S. En route she was assaulted at an immigration checkpoint in Mexico, and alongside three other women, successfully pressed charges. She received a humanitarian visa and now collaborates in a new migrant shelter outside of Mexico City. She has obtained a U.S. visa to share her advocacy for migrant women to an international audience.

Translation provided


Saturday, 11/16

(I) Reflect Everyone invited

CPGC Cafe, 2:00-3:30 PM


If you were a part of (I)Migra/ción week and feel as though what you learned and experienced was very powerful and emotional and therefore you need a place to reflect with others, please come form a part of this reflection session where together we can talk about how to move forward with our feelings and nuanced knowledge in a productive and meaningful manner.


All events are free and open to the public.  E-mail, with questions.



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