September 10, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: September 10, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - "Integration in Policy and Practice in Europe and the Americas" will be the topic of the ninth annual Middlebury College Clifford Symposium on Sept. 21-22. This year’s symposium will offer panels and an open discussion addressing the subject through the perspective of leading scholars, policymakers, activists, lawyers and journalists from Britain, France and the United States. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Little Theatre at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus on Route 125 in Ripton.

According to Erik Bleich, Middlebury College assistant professor of political science and organizer of the symposium, the integration of immigrants and ethnic groups poses longstanding challenges in Europe and North America. "Tensions have crystallized in recent decades due to the increasing ethnic pluralism of these societies and the recognition that such pluralism is here to stay. Yet many of the controversies have their roots in a centuries-deep history of slavery and colonization," said Bleich. "This conference seeks to examine the extent of ethnic integration and to explore the policies and practices that best overcome the legacies of the past," he added.

Speakers include Middlebury College Bicentennial Scholar-in-Residence Madeleine M. Kunin and Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Commission for Racial Equality Gurbux Singh.

The symposium will kick off at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 with a discussion titled "Legacies of Slavery and Colonization and their Effects on Integration." The talk will feature a distinguished panel of academics: Randall Hansen of Oxford University, Mickaëlla Périna of Harvard University, Mae Ngai of the University of Chicago, and Susan Martin, director for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.

At 11 a.m., there will be a panel discussion titled "Dealing with Historical Traumas: Precedents and Perspectives." Panelists include Kunin and John Torpey of the University of British Columbia.

Later that afternoon, the panel discussion "Dealing with Historical Traumas of Slavery and Colonization in Europe and the Americas" will begin at 2 p.m. Speakers will reflect on the effectiveness of ignoring the past versus public admissions of guilt by politicians or monetary compensation. Panelists will be Michael Hausfeld of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll; Michel Giraud of the University of the Antilles-Guiana; Azouz Begag of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Paris IV; and Harry Goulbourne of South Bank University in London.

At 3:30 p.m. a panel discussion titled the "National Practices of Integration" will address the three countries’ varying policies and approaches toward immigrants and minorities. The panel will feature Fred Constant of the University of the Antilles-Guiana; Krishna Sarda, chief executive of the Ethnic Minority Foundation; Michael Fix, the principal research associate of the Population Studies Center of the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.; and Marco Martiniello of the University of Liege.

The final talk of the day, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will be "Anti-Racism Policies: Fighting Legacies of Domination." This panel will examine several issues, including the effectiveness of the legal system and policies such as affirmative action. The event will feature panelists Gurbux Singh, chairman of the U.K.’s Commission for Racial Equality; Malek Boutih, president of France’s SOS-Racisme; and Erik Bleich, Middlebury College assistant professor of political science.

The symposium will continue Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Presenters will reflect on related topics not yet covered by previous speakers in a discussion titled "Managing the Social, Economic and Political Problems of Integration." The panelists, who will represent the United States, France and Britain, will be Dalton Conley of New York University; Nacira Guénif of the University of Paris XIII; and Shamit Saggar of Queen Mary and Westfield College-University of London.

At 11 a.m., the discussion will broaden with the topic "Better Practices at the Local Level"—a panel designed specifically to highlight integration issues that escape the national media’s attention. Featured speakers will be Ann Morse of the State and Local Coalition on Immigration, a division of the National Conference on State Legislatures; Bruce Gill of the Birmingham City Council in England; and Romain Garbaye, a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute.

The final event of the conference will take place at 2 p.m. "Roundtable Discussion: Rethinking the Challenges of Integration" will draw out the speakers’ and audience’s

conclusions regarding the conference’s key topics, particularly what policies are likely to be most successful at promoting integration. Patrick Weil of CNRS and University of Paris I-Sorbonne will serve as moderator.

The Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium was established by the Middlebury College board of trustees in1993 to honor the distinguished career of Clifford, Middlebury College professor emeritus of history. He was a member of the Middlebury College history department from 1966 through 1993, and served as vice president for academic affairs on three occasions, from 1979-1985, in 1989 and from 1991-1993. He is a former trustee, and was a co-chair of the College’s Bicentennial celebration committee.

For more information, contact Carolann Davis of the Middlebury College Center for International Affairs at 802-443-2319.

Events Calendar Listings

"Integration in Policy and Practice in Europe and the Americas"

Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium

Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt.

September 21-22

Friday, Sept. 21

9-10:30 a.m., Panel Discussion: "Legacies of Slavery and Colonization and their Effects on Integration"

Panelists: Randall Hansen of Oxford University, Mickaëlla Périna of Harvard University, Mae Ngai of the University of Chicago, and Susan Martin, director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Dealing with Historical Traumas: Precedents and Perspectives"

Panelists include John Torpey of the University of British Columbia and Madeleine Kunin, Middlebury College Bicentennial scholar-in-residence, former ambassador to Switzerland, and former governor of Vermont

2-3:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Dealing with Historical Traumas of Slavery and Colonization in Europe and the Americas"

Panelists: Michael Hausfeld of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll; Michel Giraud of the University of Antilles-Guiana; Azouz Begag of the National Center for Scientific Research and the University of Paris IV, and Harry Goulbourne of South Bank University in London

3:30-5 p.m., Panel Discussion: "National Practices of Integration"

Panelists: Fred Constant of the University of Antilles-Guiana; Krishna Sarda, chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Ethnic Minority Foundation; Michael Fix, principal research associate for the Population Studies Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.; and Marco Martiniello of the University of Liege

5:30-7 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Anti-Racism Policies: Fighting Legacies of Domination"

Panelists: Gurbux Singh, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality in the United

Kingdom; Malek Boutih, president of SOS-Racisme in France; and Erik Bleich, Middlebury College assistant professor of political science

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Saturday, Sept. 22

9-10:30 a.m., Panel Discussion: "Managing the Social, Economic and Political Problems of Integration"

Panelists: Dalton Conley of New York University, Nacira Guénif of the University of Paris XIII and Shamit Saggar of Queen Mary and Westfield College-University of London

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Better Practices at the Local Level"

Panelists: Ann Morse of the State and Local Coalition on Immigration, a division of the National Conference on State Legislatures; Bruce Gill of the Birmingham City Council in England; Romain Garbaye, a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute

2-4 p.m., Open Discussion: "Roundtable Discussion: Rethinking the Challenges of Integration"

Moderator: Patrick Weil of the National Center for Scientific Research and the University of Paris I-Sorbonne

All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Little Theatre at the Middlebury College Bread Loaf campus in Ripton. Admission is free. For more information, contact Carolann Davis of the Middlebury College Center for International Affairs at 802-443-2319.

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