Migration, Immigration and Globalization Conference

Monday, March 26 at 9:00am to 3:30pm

Town and Gown (TGF)
665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Migration and immigration have become crisis issues in advanced countries. In Europe and the United States, the impact has been deeply felt and the political fallout has manifested itself in the rise of populism and unprecedented electoral outcome; most recently in Italy. The power of these issues is not transient; it is driven by globalization and its by-products. This conference aims to explore this increasingly urgent question and open a conversation about how best to address it. Panels featuring experts from around the world will focus on the impact of migration in Europe, the battle over immigration policy in the United States, and the continuing impact of globalization.

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required. 


Introduction by Michael Quick | 9:00 AM - 9:10AM
USC Provost

Remarks by Dimitris Avramopoulos | 9:10 AM - 9:45AM
EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

Migration Crisis and the Modern State | 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Moderator: Lisa Benenson

  • Katherine Fleming, Provost, New York University 
  • Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, European Commission 
  • Aristotle Tziampiris, Department of International and European Studies Chair, University of Piraeus

The American Condition: Refugees and Immigration in the Trump Era | 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Moderator: Robert Shrum, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

  • Joel Benenson, Pollster, Founder and CEO, Benenson Strategy Group
  • Mickey Kaus, Journalist, Author, Kaus Files
  • Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California
  • Ali Noorani, Executive Director, The National Immigration Forum

Remarks from President C.L. Max Nikias | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Remarks on Migration and Globalization by Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown | 1:15PM - 1:55PM

Globalization as a Driver of Migration | 1:55 PM - 3:15 PM
Moderator: Jacob Soll, University Professor of History and Accounting

  • Pamela DeLargy, Former Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Migration
  • Steve Lamy, Director, USC Dornsife Task Force for Global and Political Studies
  • Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom
  • Patrick Weil, Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School 

Closing Remarks by Robert Shrum and Jacob Soll | 3:15 PM - 3:30PM

Event Type

Conference/Symposia, Event Highlights


University Park Campus


Politics, Immigration, International Relations, migration




Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics



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