2021 Rothgerber Conference

The 29th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference, "Pursuing Citizenship," will occur virtually this year on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT, with a special, pre-conference performance of Motus Theater's UndocuMonologues: Stories from Our Undocumented Neighborshappening virtually the night before, on Thursday, April 8 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MT.

This year's conference will build upon Colorado Law Professor Ming Hsu Chen's new book, Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era, in which she argues argues that the citizen/alien binary should instead be reframed as a spectrum of citizenship, a concept that emphasizes continuities between the otherwise distinct experiences of membership and belonging for immigrants seeking to become citizens. In addition, citizenship consists of economic, social, political, and legal dimensions; the modern era of intense immigration enforcement distorts the balance and produces a sense of citizenship insecurity. This conference will chart a broad conception of citizenship, putting the law in its social context, and to explore its inextricable relationship to immigration enforcement in the modern era. 

6 general CLE credits approved for Colorado attorneys.


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 7th by 5pm MDT


Motus Theater’s Undocumonologues

On Thursday, April 8 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. MT, Motus Theater will present UndocuMonologues:Stories from our Undocumented Neighbors, which weaves together autobiographical monologues from undocumented writers, interwoven with the music of Elisa Garcia. Story themes include the threat of deportation, the injustice of being sent into exile from the country in which you were raised, border patrol, the current human and civil rights threats to immigrants, and racial profiling. 

Two monologues will be performed by the writers themselves, while the third will be read aloud by special guest, the Honorable Mimi Tsankov, National Association of Immigration Judges, who will then reflect upon her experience connecting with that story. The event will conclude with a 20 minute talk-back, where audience members will have the chance to reflect on their experience and pose questions to those involved. 

The performance will feature Armando Peniche, author of the monologue read by the Honorable Mimi Tsankov, with monologists Cristian Solano-Córdova and Alejandro Fuentes-Mena.


2021 Rothgerber Conference Schedule, Panels & Panelists

Facilitated by: Suzette Malveaux (Colorado Law, Byron R. White Center Director)

Friday, April 9, 2021 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MT


Opening: Ming Hsu Chen (Colorado Law), author of Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era in conversation with Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA School of Law)


Panel 1: Citizenship Theory Beyond Legal Status

Moderator: Seema Sohi (Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder)

Panelists: Niambi Carter (Political Science, Howard University), Elizabeth Cohen (Political Science, Syracuse University), Allen Colbern (Political Science, Arizona State University), Amanda Frost (Washington College of Law). 


Lunchtime Panel: Stories of Immigrants

Moderator: Violeta Chapin (Clinical Faculty, Colorado Law)

Panelists: Salvador Hernandez (Colorado State Director, Mi Familia Vota), Alan Sanchez (CU Alumni), Shiyan Zhang (CU Alumni).


Panel 2:  Citizenship, Integration, and Belonging 

Moderator: David Cook-Martin (Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder)

Panelists: Tomás Jiménez (Sociology, Stanford), Cristina Rodriguez (Yale Law School), Stella Burch Elias (University of Iowa College of Law), Shannon Gleeson (Labor Relations, Law & History, Cornell), Xóchitl Bada (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago).


Panel 3:  Noncitizens, Exclusion, and Enforcement 

Moderator: Hunter Knapp (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Colorado Law)

Panelists: Adam Goodman (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago), Rebecca Hamlin (Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Laura Lunn (Detention Program Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network), Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia (Penn State Law). 


Closing  Remarks


Breakout Discussion Sessions

Led by: Douglas Spencer (Colorado Law)


04/08/2021 05:00 PM - 04/09/2021 05:00 PM
Zoom Webinar (link emailed to registrants)








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