Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers

2010 Global Goes Local Conference

April 12-13, 2010

The College of Social Sciences (COSS) Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota put on its First Annual “The Global Goes Local: The Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota Conference" at St. Cloud State University.

The interdisciplinary conference explored research from the local to the global level on the social conditions faced by immigrant workers in Minnesota.

Panel audiences were filled to maximum capacity, which included not only students and faculty, but also a large number of community members from both Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities.


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.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Behzad Yaghmaian

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


Dr. Yahghmaian's KVSC interview with before his talk

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

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"

News Release

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.