2011-12: Immigration

Immigration’s importance as a social issue is rivaled only by its complexity.  However, public discourse on the topic rarely reflects that complexity.  Too often we get facile slogans rooted in poor information and shallow reasoning, expressed with deplorable incivility.  OSU is uniquely well placed to raise the level of discourse by bringing students, scholars, public officials, organizations within civil society, and the general public into dialog with one another.  Indeed, the interlocking array of issues posed by immigration is practically pan-disciplinary, making it an ideal choice for a university-wide academic initiative.  The moral urgency of these issues makes it an incumbent choice for reaching beyond the university. In 2010, the Center for Ethics and Human Values Innovation Group proposed its first COMPAS Program, a year-long “conversation” on the topic of immigration during the academic year 2011-12. 

 Immigration COMPAS Slide Show

COMPAS Conferences


COMPAS Colloquia

  • November 7, 2011
    "The Immigration and Absorption of Jewish Immigrants from Eastern Europe:  A Model for Later Immigrant Populations?"
    Speaker: Hasia Diner, Ph.D., New York University, Hebrew and Judaic Studies
    Commentators: Robin Judd, Ph.D., OSU, History and Steven Fink, Ph.D., OSU, English
  • November 18, 2011
    "The Looming Transition to Diversity in Western Societies:  Challenge and Opportunity"
    Speaker: Richard Alba, Ph.D., City University of New York, Sociology
  • January 26, 2012
    The Changing Face of Citizenship
    Speaker: Professor Susan Bibler Coutin (Anthropology and Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine)
    Organized by Theresa Delgadillo (Comparative Studies/Women's Studies)
  • February 4, 2012
    The Brothel and the Factory:  Staging Immigration and Women's Labor
    Organized by Ana Elena Puga (Theatre/Spanish and Portuguese) and Leslie Ferris (Theatre)
  • April 4, 2012
    Translanguaging and Transnational Literacies in Multilingual Classrooms:  A Biliteracy Lens
    Speaker: Nancy Hornberger (Penn)
  • June 8, 2012
    The Paradoxical Origins of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in America
    Jointly sponsored with the Initiative in Population Research


Immigration Related University Life Events

Throughout the university, many events were held related to the COMPAS theme of Immigration. COMPAS regularly co-sponsors and advertises these events in an effort to bring further University resources to the forefront of the COMPAS conversation.


Buckeye Book Community/First Year Experience Events


Wexner Center for the Arts Events

  • October 20-22, 2011
    "World Fair"
    A dance performance by L'A./Rachid Ouramdane, the acclaimed French choreographer of Algerian descent.

    New Worlds: Immigration on Film
  • January 5, 2012

    Film: El Norte

  • January 12, 2012
    Film: In Between Worlds

  • January 12, 2012
    Film: Man Push Cart
  • January 20 - February 3, 2012
    Film: La Harve

  • January 26, 2012
    New Worlds: Immigration on Film
    Film: Lamerica

Other Events around Campus

  • September 22, 2011
    Sponsored by WOSU and the Humanities Institute
    "Prohibition: An Evening with Ken Burns - Civility • Immigration • Democracy"
    Pandel Discussion: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Kevin Boyle (OSU, History), and Michael Neblo (OSU, Political Science)
    Moderator: Fred Andrle
  • October 6 - October 27, 2011
    Sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences Swing Space Gallery
    IMPACT—Immigration Projects:  Art, Culture, and Tradition
  • January 9, 2012
    Sponsored by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries
    Reading and discussion of:
    Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 by Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama
    Facilitated by Dr. Jared Gardner (Ohio State, English)
  • January 23, 2012
    Sponsored by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries
    Reading and discussion of:
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
    Facilitated by Dr. Jared Gardner (Ohio State, English)
  • January 27, 2012
    Sponsored by The Institute for Korean Studies, The East Asian Studies Center & The Center for the Study of Religion
    Korean Diaspora, Korean Christianity, and Cultural Challenge
    Speaker: Young-chan Ro (Religious Studies, George Mason University)
  • Febuary 6, 2012
    Sponsored by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries
    Reading and discussion of:
    American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    Facilitated by Dr. Jared Gardner (Ohio State, English)
  • February 20, 2012
    Sponsored by Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries
    Reading and discussion of:
    The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. (Love and Rockets Library, Locas Book 2) by Jaime Hernandez
    Facilitated by Dr. Jared Gardner (Ohio State, English)
  • March 2, 2012
    Im/migration and Ohio: Local Perspectives
  • March 5, 2012
    SBS Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series
    "We Don't Have Any Problems":  Black-Brown Relations in the 'New South'
  • April 10, 2012
    Immigrants and Health Care Reform
    Speaker: Dr. Randy Capps
  • April 13-14, 2012
    OSU Arab World Film Festival: Resistance and Awakening
  • May 4, 2012
    Proportionality: The Struggle for Balance in Immigration Law
    Speaker: Michael Wishnie (Yale, Law)
  • May 15, 2012
    SBS Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series
    "Immigration and the Labor Market Outcomes of Natives in Developing Countries:  A Case Study of South Africa"
    Speaker: Nzinga Broussard, Ph.D.
  • May 16, 2012
    Seoul Train: Screening and Discussion
    Jim Butterworth, Producer and Director
  • May 23, 2012
    The Recent Wave of Immigrants:  Myths, Realities, and Proposals for Reform


Community Events

  • October 24, 2011
    Hosted by the Women's Fund of Central Ohio, WOSU, and the Puffin Foundation.
    An Evening with Abigail Disney: discussing her PBS mini-series, Women, War, and Peace
  • January 7, 2011 (repeating every Saturday in January)
    Fall COMPAS Conference Airing
    WOSU OHIO (Ohio Channel)


Immigration wordmark