The Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

Migration in a Turbulent World

The 34th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium

March 7-9, 2019

The 2019 EPIIC International Symposium will be three days of far-reaching discussions on issues critical to understanding the pressing challenges on migration, from the tensions between state sovereignty and global migration to the policies that allow the continued existence of slavery and human trafficking, from the impacts of South-to-South migration to the vanguard role cities play in migration, from the securitization of migration to the roles gender and climate change are playing and will play in future policies.

The Boston Globe made this assessment of past EPIIC Symposia: “At a time when the national discourse seems forever reduced to its lowest common denominator…to sound bites and slogans…EPIIC is a refreshing antidote. Far from looking to simplify the world, the symposium aims to teach students to view life in a way that respects complex human systems.”

Admission is free. Tickets can be found here.


Symposium Schedule

Thursday, March 7

ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155

4:00pm Keynote Address: Paul Collier, University of Oxford
5:30pm Break
7:00pm Barriers to Belonging: Integration, Adaptation and Exclusion


Friday, March 8

Breed Memorial Hall
51 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

9:30am Hidden in Plain Sight: 21st Century Slavery and Human Trafficking
11:30am Break
12:30pm Gender and Migrati♀n
2:30pm Defining Refugees in a Changing Climate
4:45pm Break
6:30pm Keynote Address: Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, Slovakia
7:30pm The Paradox of Sovereignty and Global Migration


Saturday, March 9

ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155

9:30am Cities: Migration’s Frontline
11:30am How South to South Migration Is Shaping Our World
1:15pm Break
2:30pm Expert-led, Small-Group Discussion Sessions
4:30pm Movement and Order: The Securitization of Migration



H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia is the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, a position he has held since April 2012.  Mr. Lajčák just completed his term as President of the United Nations General Assembly’s Seventy-Second Session, during which he led the discussions on and adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Sir Paul Collier, CBE, FBA is professor of economics and public policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is also a director of the International Growth Centre, the director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, and a fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. From 1998 until 2003, he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. In 2010 and 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine on its list of top global thinkers.


MICHEL BAMANI, Vice President and Counsel at State Street in Boston

FOUAD BEN AHMED, a resident of the Paris banlieues, he is a liaison between residents, especially youth, and the local government in Département 93, Bondy, Paris

ADAM GOODMAN, (EPIIC’00, Tufts’03) Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and History, University of Illinois at Chicago; his research and teaching interests include migration history and policy; Mexican American and Latina/o history; and recent U.S., Mexican, and Central American history.

NINA HALL, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Author, Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International Organizations Moving Beyond their Mandates

KAREN JACOBSEN, Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition, and she also directs the Refugees and Forced Migration Program at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

AYESHA JALAL, Mary Richardson Professor of History and Director of Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University.

The Right Honorable DAVID LAMMY, MP, Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000 and led the campaign for Windrush British citizens to be granted British citizenship and paid compensation by the government, forcing the Home Secretary to guarantee the citizenship of Commonwealth nationals, set up a specialist Commonwealth Taskforce and establish a compensation scheme

HARDIN LANG, Vice President for programs and policy at Refugees International, he is a veteran of six United Nations peacekeeping and humanitarian field missions, working in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Myanmar, Central America, Gaza and West Bank, Iraq, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and West Africa

MARK KRIKORIAN, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies; Author, The New Case against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama Is Transforming America through Immigration

NESRINE MALIK, a British Sudanese columnist and features writer for The Guardian, named Society and Diversity Commentator of the Year at the 2017 Comment Awards

ATYIA MARTIN, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston; former Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission

KATHLEEN NEWLAND, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, Migration Policy Institute; her focus is on the relationship between migration and development, the governance of international migration, and refugee protection.

The Honourable RATNA OMIDVAR, C.M., O.Ont., Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ryerson University; Co-Author, Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada

LIAV ORGAD, Head of the Project Group “International Citizenship Law” at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center; Director of the Research Group “Global Citizenship Governance” at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the European University Institute (EUI); Associate Professor at the Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

HANNAH M POSTEL, PhD Candidate in Demography and Social Policy at Princeton University, focused on international migration in developing countries; Graduate Fellow in the Princeton Migration Research Lab

E. BENJAMIN SKINNER, Founder and President of Transparentem; Author, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery

JUSTIN STEIL, Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning, MIT, focusing on social stratification and spatial dimensions of inequality, his research examines the intersection of urban policy with property, land use, and civil rights law

KERRI TALBOT, Director of Federal Advocacy, Immigration Hub, where she works with non-profit organizations and Congress to promote the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees; former Chief Counsel for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, where she staffed the Senator on the Gang of 8 and assisted in writing the comprehensive immigration reform bill which passed the Senate in 2013

PETER TINTI, Independent Journalist, focusing on conflict, security, human rights, and organized crime; Co-Author, Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior

MARIAM TRAORE CHAZALNOEL, Associate Expert in the Migration, Environment and Climate Change program of the International Organization for Migration; Editor, IOM Outlook on Migration, Environment and Climate Change

ASTRID ZIEBARTH, Senior Migration Fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Europe Program; her current work projects include the Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development, a joint project by GMF, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Foundation