NORMAL — Illinois State University will host a conference on social, ethnic and racial boundaries Feb. 9-10 in the Prairie Room of Bone Student Center.

“This conference examines race, ethnicity and microaggressions in light of the new political developments in the United States, both local and national,” said Nobuko Adachi, conference organizer and associate professor of anthropology.

The conference is free and open to the public. It will include panel presentations and roundtable dialogues with international scholars, speakers and Bloomington-Normal community leaders.

The first day's theme will be “Race and Immigration Under the Trump Administration.”

Topics will cover such subjects as guns, policing and weapons; global issues of Middle Eastern travel bans; undocumented students and immigration policy; and sanctuary resolutions in cities and on campuses.

The documentary “And Then They Came for Us,” which focuses on the registration and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, will be shown during lunch Feb. 9.

The second day's theme will be “Microaggressions in Everyday Life.”

Presentations will address the questions of what is microagression, how it differs from racism, sexism and age-segregation, and what higher education institution can do to promote a positive campus climate for all students.

The keynote speaker at lunch will be Yolanda Flores Niemann, a psychology professor at the University of North Texas. She will speak on “Subjective Experiences of Microaggressions from the Lenses of Others: Being an Ally and Developing Alliances Across and Within Demographic Groups.”

The Ethnicity and Ethnography Laboratory and Research Center at ISU is organizing the event.

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