Social Science Research Institute - St. Cloud State University

Social Science Research Institute - St. Cloud State University

Videos and Audios from 2011 and 2010 the 2011 and 2010 Global Goes Local Conferences


MN Campus Compact Video


Dr. Hendrik Van den Berg Kickoff Lecture:
Does Anyone Understand Immigration?
Why Economists Have So Much Trouble Dealing2011 Global Goes Local Flyer
with a Complex Issue” Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Dr. Donna Gabaccia Keynote Lecture: Workers
at the Border: Class in American Immigration
Policy Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Dr. Jan Flora Keynote Lecture: Fast and Slow Food: Latino Immigrants’
Contributions to Midwestern Food Systems Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia Keynote Lecture: From Casualties of “Development”
to Political Actors? Latino Immigrants in Nebraska Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4


PANEL: Sheeko: Somali Youths Tell Their Stories Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

PANEL: New Researchers' Awardee Research On Immigrant Issues in
MN and Nationally:

Dr. Mónica García-Pérez (ECON): Hiring Patterns of Small
Firms by Race/Ethnicity of Owner and Coworkers.Part 1 Part 2

Dr. Ann Finan (SOC) and Dr. Sandrine Zerbib (SOC: "New immigrant Women
Farmers in Minnesota: Exploring the Effects of Gender and Immigrant
Identity on Farming" ) Part 1 Part 2

PANEL: Centro Campesino: The Role of Immigrant Workers
Centers in Today’s Minnesota

Dr. Jimmy Patino (ETHN)

Ernesto Velez Busto (Immigrant Community Organizer) and
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

PANEL: Student Research Projects on Immigrant Workers in MN Panel

Leif Johnson (Macalester) Arizona to Minnesota: Detention and Solidarity: Part 1

Cassie Anderson (SCSU) The Impact of the Ongoing Unemployment Crisis on
St. Cloud’s Somali Immigrant Workers Part 1

PANEL: Minnesotan Organizing Efforts in Immigrant
Workers’ Communities

Mario Colloly Torres (Retail Cleaning Worker/Centro de
Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha Member) Part 1 Part 2

Garat Ibrahim Organizer (Minnesota Organizer for
the Midwest Immigrant Health Project, Center for
New Community) Part 1

Ernesto Velez Bustos (Centro Campesino), Part 1

PANEL: Colored Spaces

Dr. Chukwunyere Ugochukwu (CMST) Colored Spaces in Small Towns and
Rural Areas in Minnesota Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

David Riley, (SCSU Student) Gentrification and South Minneapolis'
Latino Community Part 1

Dr. Margaret Villaneuva (CMST) Demographic Changes
and Implications for Immigrants from Minnesota
Towns Part 1

PANEL: Role of Union in St. Cloud's Somali Workers' Lives

Abdikani Dirie and Abdurahman Adam-- Union Stewards IMAW [International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers], Production Workers
(Electrolux, St. Cloud)

Colleen Murphy (IAMAW) [International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

PANEL: Dealing with Silent Raids: The Cases of Chipotle
and Minneapolis Building Maintenance Workers

Brian Payne, (CTUL) "What are Silent Raids? How Do They Affect immigrant Workers?"

Part 1

Tania Cortez (SEIU Local 26, former Chipotle Worker): Chipotle, Silent Raid, and Mass

Part 1

Rafael Morataya: (SEIU Local 26 Organizer) Dealing With Raids: ABM Maintenance Workers Part 1 Part 2

Q&A: Part 1

PANEL: Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Minnesota
Dr. Orn Bodvarsson Presider, (Chair, MGMT)

Dr. Mónica García-Pérez (ECON): Immigrant
Entrepreneurship in the U.S.: Propensities and
Local Impacts Part 1 Part 2

Yolanda Cotterall, (Dir., Latino Economic Development Center) on "Immigrant Micro-enterprise Development: Overview, Strategies, Opportunities, and Best
Practices" Part 1 Part 2

Rojelio Aberto Gonzalez, (Rag’s Auto Repair in (Little Falls)
The Local Immigrant Experience Part 1 Part 2

Mayuli Bales: (Casa Guadalupe):
"Entrepreneurship and the Immigrant Community" Part 1



Keynote Speakers included:
Dr. Behzad Yaghmaian Atwood Theatre; "Muslim Migrants’ Stories on the Journey West." Yaghmaian is Professor at Ramapo College and a renowned author, whose book "Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journeys West" has won wide acclaim as a "Grapes of Wrath for the Muslim World." – Kirkus Reviews

  • Click on this link to listen to Dr. Yaghmaian's talk
  • Click on this link to listen to a KVSC interview with Dr. Yahghmaian before his talk: KVSC

Dr. Katherine Fennelly "Challenges Facing Immigrant Workers in Minnesota Today."
Dr. Fennelly is a professor at the UMN Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and speaks widely on issues of concern to immigrant communities in Minnesota.

Dr. Mary Wingerd (SCSU HIST) Cascade Room; "Historical Comparisons of Immigrant Workers’ Experiences in Minnesota: past and present." Wingerd is an associate professor of history at St. Cloud State and the author of "North Country: The Making of Minnesota"

Iris Altamirano (SEIU Local 26) speaks on Immigrant (Latino and East African) Maintenance Workers' (successful) organizing for better health care from their employers in Minneapolis at the same time their union (SEIU Local 26) was faced with a silent raid.
Click on this link: Altimirano talk

The eight panels and three speakers scheduled reflect the commitment to academic rigor, community engagement, and student participation in studying immigrant worker issues in the state of Minnesota. Presenters and their presentation topics can be found at the Conference Brochure


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