Provost Forum 2019

Forum on areas of tension within and between nations
over issues of immigration

Wednesday, October 16
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Penn Pavilion, Duke University


Thursday, October 17
9:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Penn Pavilion, Duke University

Keynote with Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
12 Noon-1:00 p.m.
Page Auditorium, Duke University

Open to Duke students, faculty, and staff and members of the
Durham and North Carolina communities


Participant biographies

Photos (by Les Todd, LKT Photography Inc)


Forum News Stories

A Focus on the Benefits and Human Costs of Immigration (Duke Today)

Immigration Experts Weigh in During Provost Forum 2019 (Duke Global)

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof elaborates on antagonism against immigrants at Provost Forum (The Chronicle)

Immigration Issues are Focus of Provost Forum Oct. 16-17 (DukeToday)

Resources and Considerations for Civil Discourse

      1.  Intercultural Considerations for Civil Discourse
      2.  Dialogue, Conversation, and Facilitation (2019); for up-to-date resources contact the Office for Institutional Equity

Coffeehour Conversations for Schools and Academic Settings

Related Events and Resources

Duke University Press immigration book and journal list

Immigration Research:  Special Call for Bass Connections Project Proposals--Three New Bass Connections Project Teams Will Tackle Research Related to Immigration

There are multiple student groups who have organized book clubs including the Migration Lab with Jose Vargas' book, Dear America, and Michael Dougherty's book, My Father Left Me Ireland

Through December 12, RefugiARTE Exhibit, an exhibition of editorial cartoons from Latin American artists reflecting the journey of people fleeing conflict and persecution

December 4, Representing Migration Through Digital Humanities with speaker Charlotte Sussman, Associate Professor of English, Duke University

November 21, Middle Ground, a student-organized discussion centered on various topics related to immigration following the Provost's Forum

November 11, Distinguished Lecture on Immigration with Jason DeParle, New York Times reporter and author

November 4, Talent From All Corners Symposium; Video recordings available here. In this panel discussion on “Talent From All Corners: How Immigration Helps Shape American Scientific Leadership”, a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership

October 28, Future of DACA Information Session with Kate Evans, Director of the Duke Immigrant Rights Clinic

October 24, Immigration Enforcement in North Carolina presented by Kate Evans, Director of the Duke Immigrant Rights Clinic and Eisha Jain, Visiting Professor of Law, Duke School of Law

October 24, Concentration Camps: Then and Now”- A panel discussion hosted by the Franklin Humanities Institute.  Speakers Andrea Pitzer, Jonathan Katz and Roxana Bendezú talk about migrant camps on the US-Mexico border: how they compare to different forms of mass civilian detention around the world from the 19th century onward and how this historical context can help the American public think about recent controversies on what to call these camps. 

The Forum is organized by a university-wide steering committee, and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. The committee is co-chaired by Associate Provost Noah Pickus and Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Abbas Benmamoun.  Additional members include: Abdullah Antepli, Gary Bennett, Joseph Blocher, Peter Feaver, Jennifer Goins, Eisha Jain, Hallie Knuffman, Mitchell Melkonian, Şeun Bello Olámosù, Liliana Paredes, Gunther Peck, and Suzanne Shanahan.  Members of the Student Advisory Committee are: Daisy Almonte, Reiss Becker, Lizzie Bond, Saheel Chodavadia, Corey Pilson (artist), Axel Herrera Ramos, and Nicolás Sánchez.

Parking will be available in the Bryan Center parking deck.  Free parking passes will be available from the attendant when exiting the deck.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use their on-campus parking assignments.

For more information, contact Jennifer Goins

Listen to Provost Kornbluth and Forum co-chairs, Associate Provost Noah Pickus and Vice Provost Abbas Benmamoun, discuss how the program was developed.