Published: Jan. 27, 2020

This year’s Citizenship and Equality Colloquium, organized by the University of Colorado Law School’s Immigration and Citizenship Law Program, brings together prominent scholars across immigration law whose research focuses on a range of topics pertaining to citizenship.

Associate Professor Ming Hsu Chen, who directs the Immigration and Citizenship Law Program, teaches a related seminar that examines the notion of citizenship in recent scholarship spanning law, political science, sociology, philosophy, and history. 

"The Citizenship and Equality Colloquium showcases the reach of the concept of 'citizenship' as membership and belonging beyond legal status," Chen said. "Students enter into a conversation with leading scholars from around CU Boulder and the nation who model scholarly exchange on a wide range of topics and disciplinary perspectives relating—very broadly—to citizenship. The spring 2020 speaker series intentionally brings CU experts into dialogue at the intersection of seemingly disparate, but in fact related topics such as climate migration and tribal sovereignty at borders."

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 306 of the Wolf Law Building. No registration is required.

This year’s speaker lineup is as follows:

Feb. 5, 2020

"Climate Change and Mexico – U.S. Migration," presented by Fernando Riosmena, associate professor, Department of Geography, CU Boulder, and associate director, University of Colorado Population Center

Feb. 12, 2020

"Decolonizing Indigenous Migration," presented by Kristen A. Carpenter, Council Tree Professor of Law and director, American Indian Law Program, University of Colorado Law School

Feb. 19, 2020

"Lives Still in Limbo: DACA and Undocumented Students," presented by Roberto G. Gonzales, professor of education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and director, Immigration Initiative at Harvard

Feb. 26, 2020

"Illegitimacy 2.0," presented by Carolina Núñez, associate dean of research and academic affairs and professor of law, Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School

March 4, 2020

"Rejecting Citizenship," presented by Rose Cuison-Villazor, vice dean, professor of law, and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, Rutgers Law School, and founder, Rutgers Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice

March 11, 2020

"Toward White Protectionist Citizenship," presented by Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, and president, American Political Science Association, 2018-2019

The Immigration and Citizenship Law Program at Colorado Law supports teaching, scholarship, and public service in immigration law through a range of curricular and experiential opportunities. The school offers substantive and seminar courses in topics related to immigration and skills-based classes, including two clinics specializing in different aspects of immigration law. Scholarship includes faculty and student research and presentations of both published and in-progress work on immigration and citizenship. The program also connects students with lawyers in the community who are involved in community outreach, litigation, or policy work for externships and pro bono projects serving immigrants to help them build the skills and networks to become effective immigration lawyers.