The 2019 Building Bridges Conference
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This year’s conference, titled “Immigration: Demolishing the Legacy of Bigotry in the Land of Opportunity” will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. The conference will explore US Immigration history and the implications of this on today's policies and social climate. The goal of the conference is to address the fact that immigration policy has been used as a tool to legitimize racism, xenophobia, and other acts of bigotry toward those who have been “othered” by American society. We wish to highlight the lives and stories of the people impacted by this every day, using a social justice lens. The conference will feature keynote lectures, workshop sessions, as well as an interactive action piece. We encourage you to attend the conference and join us as we examine the average US citizen’s proximity to instances of systemic violence. Together we can dismantle the system that legitimizes the criminalization and dehumanization of immigrants, and advocate for a just society that promotes the human rights and civil liberties of all people
The conference is supplemented with a series of workshops and an interactive walk-through to allow attendees to fully explore the impact of immigration and what it means to be an immigrant in modern day America . This conference focuses on laying down the foundation for critical dialogue about pressing global issues, and dispelling any beliefs that one’s actions cannot be a catalyst for creating positive social change.
Tickets can be purchased at gustavustickets.com or by calling the Campus Activity Office at 507-933-7590.
Tickets are free for all students, including Gustavus students, K-12 students, and other university students. The Gustavus Market Place and Dining Room will be open during the lunch break. Conference attendees may purchase a meal there. Gustavus Alumni are invited to attend a dessert reception in the Heritage Room during the lunch break.