Bonnie Payne
events coordinator, 308.865.8469

Immigration and the Globalization of Labor is the focus of the 2012 James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs, which will take place at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Sept. 25-26.

Dr. Carola Suarez-Orozco, professor of psychological studies in education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will give the keynote address. Dr. Suarez-Orozco has been published widely in the areas of immigrant families and youth, educational achievement among immigrant origin youth, immigrant family separations, the role of the social mirror in identity formation, the role of mentors in facilitating youth development and gendered experiences of immigrant youth.

Further, Dr. Suarez-Orozco has written six books, and in 2006, she was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for her contributions to the field of cultural psychology and immigration. She also served as the chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration.

The World Affairs Conference will explore the multiple issues associated with immigration and the globalization of labor, including U.S. immigration law, technology and outsourcing, wages and working conditions at home and abroad, crime, human trafficking, child labor and slavery.

In all, there will be more than 20 speakers, including experts on labor laws, citizenship and visa requirements, education, economics, travel regulations, health care and criminal law. The conference will bring participants from Brazil, Pakistan, Chile, Mexico, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany and many other countries.

WAC events are free, open to the public, and all sessions will take place at the UNK Nebraskan Student Union.