Transforming Migrations: Beyond the 1965 Act

President Lyndon Johnson and other dignitaries at 1965 Act signing ceremony Oct 8, 2015 until Oct 9, 2015

Inaugural event in the 50th Anniversary Academic Symposium Series

This conference will mark two golden anniversaries of events which occurred within a day of each other half a century ago – the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (Hart-Celler Act) and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the University of California, Irvine – by bringing together distinguished scholars, journalists, historians and lawyers to discuss immigration policy in the United States. Speakers will discuss the past, present and future of immigration policy, examining the shift from the inclusionary vision of the 1965 Act to the enforcement patterns we see today.

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Confirmed speakers include Lawrence Downes (The New York Times), Héctor Tobar (University of Oregon, formerly with the Los Angeles Times), Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (UCLA), Jennifer Chacón (UCI), David FitzGerald (UCSD), Roberto Gonzales (Harvard), Marielena Hincapié (National Immigration Law Center), Dan Kanstroom (Boston College), Erika Lee (University of Minnesota), Cecilia Menjívar (University of Kansas), Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA) and Ana E. Rosas (UCI)

Thursday, October 8 – 5:30 p.m. opening reception and journalists panel
Friday, October 9 – morning and afternoon panels and lunch keynote

Please direct any questions to Shani Brasier, or 949.824.2904.

Conference planning committee:
Susan Bibler Coutin, Louis DeSipio, Annie Lai, Vicki L. Ruiz and Rubén G. Rumbaut


Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, School of Humanities, School of Law, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences