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An Immigrant Class Post-Show Speakers


After every performance of An Immigrant Class, we were pleased to present a 30 minute post-show discussion led by various members of the Chicago community. This opportunity to further discuss the issue of immigration is a vital part of the thinkTank experience.  The list of confirmed speakers and topics is as follows:

March 22, 2007:

Gail Montenegro, Spokesperson, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Marilu Cabrera, Regional Communications Manager, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

March 23, 2007:

"Who Comes to Chicago, From Where, and Why?" Discussion led by Rob Paral, Research Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington, DC, and Peter T. Alter, Curator of the Chicago History Museum.

March 24, 2007:

Fred Tsao from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

March 25, 2007:

Refugees from around the world share their personal journeys and their unique perspective on adjusting to life in Chicago. Speakers include Mayom Ashien, who arrived in Chicago from southern Sudan in 2004, and Varmuyan Dulleh, who came to Chicago from Liberia in late 2005. Presented by Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries.

March 29, 2007:

Jeff Libman, Author of An Immigrant Class: Oral Histories from Chicago's Newest Immigrants and Elena Raskin, whose story is included in the performance of An Immigrant Class.

March 30, 2007:

Florent Blanc, project assistant for Immigration Here & There, a website based at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

March 31, 2007 (after An Immigrant Class):

Oscar A. Chacón, Executive Director, National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities.

March 31, 2007 (after Rasaka event):

Director Lavina Jadhwani and members of the cast discuss Desi Women and the Diaspora.

April 1, 2007:

Joanna Borowiec, Executive Director, Polish American Association.

April 4, 2007:

Rosanna Pulido, Illinois Minuteman Project and You Don't Speak For Me.

April 5, 2007:

Sylvia Puente, Director, Metropolitan Chicago Initiative Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

April 6, 2007:

Susan Gzesh, Director, The Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago presents "Beyond the border: why what happens in Mexico matters."

April 7, 2007 (after An Immigrant Class):

Maricela Garcia, Interim Executive Director, Latinos United.

April 7, 2007 (after TeatroVista reading):

Luis Gutierrez, Executive Director of Latinos Progresando.

April 8, 2007:

"Unions and Apple Pie: Organizing to assimilate." A member of the Service Employees International Union, plus SEIU’s Sr. Communications Specialist Kevin O’Donnell, argue there is a strong connection between unionization and assimilation.

April 11, 2007:

Victor Espinosa, author, El dilema del retorno, a case study of a single Mexican family that settled in the United States, discusses Immigration and the American Dream after 9/11.

April 12, 2007:

Jeff Libman, Author, An Immigrant Class: Oral Histories from Chicago's Newest Immigrants, and students from Truman College discuss living in Chicago with English as a second language.

April 13, 2007:

Greg Wangerin from Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries, and Edwin Silverman, Chief, Illinois Bureau of Refugee & Immigrant Services.

April 14, 2007:

Barry R. Chiswick, UIC Distinguished Professor in Economics and author of The Economics of Language.

April 15, 2007 (after An Immigrant Class):

Attorneys Therese Yee and Bonita B. Hwang Cho of Cheng, Cho and Yee, P.C., will discuss the legal challenges facing immigrants and the businesses who wish to hire them.

April 15, 2007 (after Silk Road reading):

Yussef El Guindi, playwright of Our Enemies, will be on hand to discuss the play.