The Global War Against Immigrants
February 16-17, 2012
University of Maryland, College Park
Armed Xenophobia: The Global War Against Immigrants was co-sponosred by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies to discuss the world-wide upswell of violence against immigrants, its root causes, various manifestations, and global political implications. The forum grew out of the horrific events in Norway in July 2011, when a right-wing terrorist obsessed with the threat of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration to the cultural and patriotic values of his country murdered some 77 men and women, and terrorized thousands more. While at the extreme, the violence in Norway reflects similar anti-immigrant violence in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas--including the United States. On February 16th, prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Kaye gave the keynote address. On February 17th, there was a roundtable discussion with leaders scholars on immigration Carolyn Brown (Assistant Professor of Journalism, American University), Marlène Laruelle (Research Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University), Mark Miller (Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware), and Susan Terrio (a cultural anthropologist teaching at Georgetown University).