Middlebury

February 14, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
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sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: February 14, 2002

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 Friday, March 1-Saturday, March 2. This year’s symposium will offer panels and an open discussion addressing the subject through the perspective of leading scholars, policymakers, activists and journalists from the United States, Britain and France. All conference panels are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125). The symposium was originally scheduled for late September 2001, but had to be postponed until this year.

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, who is also a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and former governor of Vermont, and Deputy Chair of the United Kingdom Commission for Racial Equality Beverley Bernard.

The symposium will kick off at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, with a discussion titled "Legacies of Slavery and Colonization and their Effects on Integration." The talk will feature a panel of academics, including Mickaëlla Périna of Harvard University, Mae Ngai of the University of Chicago, and Erik Bleich of Middlebury College.

At 10:45 a.m., there will be a panel discussion titled "Dealing with Historical Traumas: Precedents and Perspectives." Panelists include Kunin, Claire Andrieu of the University of Paris I, 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 include Maurice Stevens of Ohio State University, Michel Giraud of the University of the Antilles-Guiana, 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 in the United Kingdom; and Susan Martin, director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.

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 Beverley Bernard, deputy chair of the U.K. Commission for Racial Equality; William Spriggs, director of the National Urban League’s Institute of Opportunity and Equality; and Philippe Bernard of the French newspaper Le Monde.

The symposium will continue Saturday, March 2, beginning at 1:30 p.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 and the U.K. Cabinet Office.

At 3:15 p.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; Romain Garbaye, a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute; and Michael Jones-Correa of Cornell University.

The final event of the conference will take place at 5 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 the National Center for Scientific Research (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 Nicholas R. 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. Clifford 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

Friday, March 1-Saturday, March 2

 

Friday, March 1

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

Panelists include Mickaëlla Périna of Harvard University, Mae Ngai of the University of Chicago, and Erik Bleich of Middlebury College

 

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Dealing with Historical Traumas: Precedents and Perspectives"

Panelists include John Torpey of the University of British Columbia, Claire Andrieu of the University of Paris I, 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 include Maurice Stevens of Ohio State University, Michel Giraud of the University of Antilles-Guiana, and Harry Goulbourne of South Bank University in London

 

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

Panelists include Fred Constant of the University of Antilles-Guiana; Krishna Sarda, chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Ethnic Minority Foundation; and Susan Martin, director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University

 

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

Panelists include Beverley Bernard, deputy chair of the United Kingdom Commission for Racial Equality; William Spriggs, director of the National Urban League’s Institute of Opportunity and Equality; and Philippe Bernard of the French newspaper Le Monde.

 

Saturday, March 2

1:30-3 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Managing the Social, Economic and Political Problems of Integration"

Panelists include 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

 

3:15-4:45 p.m., Panel Discussion: "Better Practices at the Local Level"

Panelists include Ann Morse of the State and Local Coalition on Immigration, a division of the National Conference on State Legislatures; Michael Jones-Correa of Cornell University; Romain Garbaye, a Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute

 

5-7 p.m., Open Discussion: "Roundtable Discussion: Rethinking the Challenges of Integration"

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

All events are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125). 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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