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Dying to Get In! A discussion about immigration, its paradigms, and how the political environment shifts the dynamic of the conversation

Event Type
panel discussion
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Room 1000 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright, U.
Sep 26, 2016   5:30 pm  
Free and open to the public
Anita Kaiser
Originating Calendar
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

Film screening of short documentary, Dying To Get In, followed by panel discussion.  Reception following program.

This undergraduate focused event is part of the Conference on “Immigration, Migration, Refugees, and the 2016 Election. For conference details, please visit

Panel Participants
Dr. Gioconda Guerra Perez
Director of La Casa Cultural Latina, Moderator
Cristina Lucio
Senior, Anthropology and Latino/a Studies, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Melissa Roman
Graduate Student, School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Anacecilia Luna Alum,
Undocu/DACA Ally Training Leader, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Dying to Get In provides a rare and up-close look at U.S./ Mexico border crossings. Documentarian Brett Tolley embeds himself with those who cross, taking the viewer deep into the Arizona desert where over a 4 month
period he follows a group of men, women and children on their dangerous journey to enter the United States illegally. In this 39 minute documentary we experience the stories of fear, desperation, and hope from those who are attempting to cross

This conference and film discussion are hosted by Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, Department of Sociology, and School of Social Work.

Cosponsors include Center for Business and Public Policy; Center for Global Studies; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics; Department of Economics; Department of Latina/o Studies; Department of Political Science; Program in Law and Philosophy; Program in Modern Greek Studies; Division of Student Affairs; Asian American Cultural Center; African American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity Education and Social Justice Program; Women’s Resources Center; and Illiniois Inequality Initiative

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