March 10, 2011
4:10-6:00pm; reception to follow
University of California, Davis
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Please join us for the symposium Beyond Borders: Migration and the Next California. This event will be followed by a reception celebrating the launch of Boom: A Journal of California.


For all the political upheaval concerning illegal immigration and border fences, international migration is likely to be a lasting feature of California society and politics. With this in mind, Beyond Borders: Migration and the Next California brings scholars, writers, and community organizers into a conversation about borders, the communities they divide, and the people who cross them. What has the U.S-Mexico border been in the past? And what might it become in the future? Can we find new ways of thinking about border futures in borders past? Kelly Lytle Hernández, author of Migra! The History of the U.S. Border Patrol, will deliver the keynote address: "Amnesty or Abolition? Race, Freedom, and the Future of the Illegal Alien in America." Responses from Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the UC Davis School of Law, Rubén Martínez, award-winning journalist, author, and performer, and José Padilla, Executive Director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., will follow. The symposium will also include a roundtable discussion moderated by Louis S. Warren and Carolyn de la Peña, co-editors of Boom: A Journal of California.

This symposium is open to scholars, journalists, policy makers, activists, and members of the general public.

Boom: A Journal of California

Thoughtful, provocative, and at times playful, Boom: A Journal of California aims to create a dialog about the vital social, cultural, and political issues of our time, in California and beyond.

Boom includes a wide range of works, from scholarly articles forming the gravitational center of each issue, to shorter, often informal works.

The inaugural issue of Boom will appear in March 2011, in print and online.

Co-sponsored by Boom: A Journal of California, UC Davis School of Law, the Gifford Center for Population Studies, the Center for Regional Change, the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, the Institute of Governmental Affairs, the Consortium for Women and Research, and the UC Davis Department of History.