Past Seminars

During each academic year, the committee sponsors a seminar series on international migration, held at MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS). In fall 2005, the series was re-named The Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration in honor of the late founder of the Inter-University Committee and former director of CIS. The seminars explore factors affecting international population movements and their impact upon sending and receiving countries and relations among them.


Fall 2015 Seminars

September 29

Cash, Corn, and Coffins: Mobility, Remittances and Social Protection in Zimbabwe

Speaker: Loren Landau, University of the Witwatersrand

October 27

Muslims in Europe: Transnational Integration Politics

Speaker: Riva Kastoryano, Sciences-Po, Paris

December 8

Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises' with particular emphasis on the refugees in the Middle East

Speaker: Susan Akram, Boston University

Spring 2015 Seminars

March 6

Theorizing International Migration: Towards a Unified Field of Study

Speaker: James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University

March 31

Dreaming Europe in the Wake of the Arab Revolts: Causes and Consequences of Migration from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe

Speaker: Philippe Fargues, European University Institute 

April 28

Migration, National Security, and New forms of Policing: Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Speaker: Noora A. Lori, Boston University 

Fall 2014 Seminars

October 7

African Migration

Speaker: Robert Lucas, Boston University

November 4

40th of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration (IUCIM)

Speakers: John R. Harris, Boston University; Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College; Michael Teitelbaum, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Kelly Greenhill, Tufts University

December 2

Conditions of violence in Central America and their effects on emigration from that Region

Speaker: Louisa Reynolds, CIS Neuffer Fellow

Spring 2014 Seminars

February 4

Seeking Harmony between the Formal and Informal: Integrating Migrant Remittances for Post-Conflict Development

Speaker: John R. Harris and Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Boston University

April 15

Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon: Current and Looming Problems

Speaker: Jennifer Leaning, Harvard University

Fall 2013 Seminars

September 17

Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement

Speaker: Alexander Betts, University of Oxford

October 22

Making their Way -- Women Migrants in Southern Mozambique, 1945 - 1975

Speaker: Jeanne Penvenne, Tufts University

Spring 2013 Seminars

February 5

The Human Cost Towards India's Race for Development

Speaker: Priyanka Borpujari, CIS Neuffer Fellow

Fall 2012 Seminars

October 23

The Other Euro Crisis: Refugee Rights Violations and the Unraveling of EU Solidarity

Speaker: Lillian Langford

November 13

Does Direct Democracy Hurt Immigrant Minorities? Evidence from Naturalization Decisions in Switzerland

Speaker: Jens Hainmueller, MIT

Spring 2012 Seminars


February 7

International Migration, Refugees and Forced Migrants: Questions Answered and Questions Remaining

Speakers: Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University; Nazli Choucri, MIT; Robert Lucas, Boston University; John Harris, Boston University; Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College; Luise Druke, Harvard University

February 21

Immigrants and Voting in the US

Speaker: J. Phillip Thompson, MIT

March 20 

Negotiating Homelands: African Indians of South Asias

Speaker: Pashington J. Obeng, Wellesley College

Fall 2011 Seminars

October 25 

Assimilation:  New Theoretical and Empirical Analyses

Speaker: Guillermina Jasso, New York University

Spring 2011 Seminars

March 29

Creative State: Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico
Speaker: Natasha Iskander, New York University

April 18

Mobilizing for Refugee Protection: To Mark the 60th Anniversary of UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention
Speaker: Luise Druke, Suffolk University

Fall 2010 Seminars

November 10

Unmaking Citizens: The Law and Politics of Denaturalization in the 20th Century United States
Speaker: Patrick Weil, Yale University

December 2

Recombinant Geographies of Citizenship: Differentiation's of 'the Right to the City' in Sáo Paulo, Caracas, and Buenos Aires
Speaker: Ryan Centner, Tufts University


Contact Details:
Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration at MIT 
Center for International Studies
1 Amherst Street, E40-400
Cambridge, MA 02142