Time to 12:00 pm Add to Calendar 2020-09-17 09:00:00 2020-09-17 12:00:00 15th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography Virtual Population Research Institute css7@psu.edu America/New_York public
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The New Reality at the Mexico - U.S. Border

Douglas S. Massey, Ph.D.
Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Undocumented migration from Mexico ended in 2008 and has been zero or negative for 12 years. Along the southern U.S.  border undocumented Mexicans have been replaced by unauthorized Central Americans.  What in the year 2000 was a massive inflow of single adult male Mexican workers traveling to jobs in the U.S. has been replaced by a much smaller inflow of Central American families and unaccompanied children seeking not jobs but refuge. Dr. Massey will explain how and why this transformation occurred, and what it portends for the U.S. in the coming decade.



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Amy Hsin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College, City University of New York


Headshot of Kevin Thomas with white shirt and yellow tie.
Kevin Thomas, Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin



Registration is now closed.

The virtual De Jong Lecture is free and open to everyone.

Agenda for live virtual event:  Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 (Eastern time)

 9:00 am - Welcome
 9:05 am - Dr. Doug Massey will present The New Reality at the Mexico-U.S. Border; followed by 5 minutes for clarification questions
10:00 am - break
10:10 am - Dr. Kevin Thomas
10:35 am - Dr. Amy Hsin
10:55-11:45 am - Audience Q&A with all presenters

A recording of the De Jong Lecture will be available Friday, Sept. 18 at 1:00 Eastern

The URL for the recording will be sent to those who register by 5:00 pm Sept. 16.


Lecture Sponsors

The De Jong Lecture is supported by the Gordon F. and Caroline M. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment, administered jointly and supplemented by the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Population Research Institute at Penn State.

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Gordon F. De Jong is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Demography, former Director of the Graduate Program in Demography, and Senior Scientist with the Population Research Institute at Penn State. Caroline M. De Jong, a former middle school teacher, has been involved in numerous community, church, and university-related organizations including the American Association of University Women, Stay-and-Play Nursery School, Presbyterian Women, and the Centre County Board of Elections.

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