Migration, Immigration and Globalization Conference

Migration and immigration have become crisis issues in advanced countries. In Europe and the United States, the impact has been deeply felt and the political fallout has manifested itself in the rise of populism and unprecedented electoral outcome; most recently in Italy. The power of these issues is not transient; it is driven by globalization and its by-products. This conference aims to explore this increasingly urgent question and open a conversation about how best to address it. Panels featuring experts from around the world will focus on the impact of migration in Europe, the battle over immigration policy in the United States, and the continuing impact of globalization.

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required. 


Introduction by Michael Quick | 9:00 AM - 9:10AM
USC Provost

Remarks by Dimitris Avramopoulos | 9:10 AM - 9:45AM
EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

Migration Crisis and the Modern State | 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Moderator: Lisa Benenson

  • Katherine Fleming, Provost, New York University 
  • Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, European Commission 
  • Aristotle Tziampiris, Department of International and European Studies Chair, University of Piraeus

The American Condition: Refugees and Immigration in the Trump Era | 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Moderator: Robert Shrum, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

  • Joel Benenson, Pollster, Founder and CEO, Benenson Strategy Group
  • Mickey Kaus, Journalist, Author, Kaus Files
  • Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California
  • Ali Noorani, Executive Director, The National Immigration Forum

Remarks from President C.L. Max Nikias | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Remarks on Migration and Globalization by Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown | 1:15PM - 1:55PM

Globalization as a Driver of Migration | 1:55 PM - 3:15 PM
Moderator: Jacob Soll, University Professor of History and Accounting

  • Pamela DeLargy, Former Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Migration
  • Steve Lamy, Director, USC Dornsife Task Force for Global and Political Studies
  • Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom
  • Patrick Weil, Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School 

Closing Remarks by Robert Shrum and Jacob Soll | 3:15 PM - 3:30PM

Town and Gown (TGF)

Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps

A public lecture by Christopher R. Browning (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
2017-2018 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence

This lecture will discuss Professor Browning's research into the Starachowice factory slave labor camps in Poland using survivor testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive. This research culminated in the publication of his latest book, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010), which won the Yad Vashem Book Prize in 2012 as well as the National Jewish Book Award in 2011. In this lecture, Professor Browning will explore the survival strategies that Jewish prisoners used to survive their ordeal, examine the role of such slave camps in the Nazi economy, and investigate how post-war survivor testimonies can help document otherwise forgotten history.

Born in Italy and educated at Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research concerns the decision-making and policy-making behind the Nazi Final Solution, analyzed in his books The Final Solution and the German Foreign Office (1978), Fateful Months: Essays on the Emergence of the Final Solution (1985), Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992), The Path to Genocide: Essays on Launching the Final Solution (1992) and The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939–March 1942 (2004). Professor Browning has also written about the behavior and motives of middle and lower-echelon personnel in its implementation in Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers (2000). He helped edit and contextualize the personal letters compiled in Everyday Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family's Correspondence from Poland (2007), and investigated how to reconcile the differing “collected memories” of perpetrators and survivors in Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony (2003). His most recent publication, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010), utilizes survivor testimony to analyze Jewish resistance and survival strategies during the Holocaust and won the 2011 Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research.

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Lunch will be served after the lecture.  

To read more about Christopher R. Browning, click here.

To read more about the Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence fellowship, click here.

Vineyard Room, Davidson Conference Center

Trump's First Year: International Perspectives

A panel of international students from Canada, China, Ghana, Pakistan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom will give their perspectives on how President Donald Trump's first year in office has been viewed and experienced by the governments and citizenry of their home countries. There will be ample time for audience Q and A.

University Religious Center (URC)

DIÁLOGOS: A CPD Conversation with Haris Lalacos, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S.

CPD is pleased to host Ambassador Haris Lalacos for a conversation about Greece’s role on the world stage and the challenges and opportunities in Greek-U.S. relations.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias will provide welcoming remarks.

About Ambassador Lalacos

Mr. Haris Lalacos is the current Greek Ambassador to the United States. He served in the Hellenic Navy from 1983-1985. In 1986, he joined the Hellenic Foreign Service and until 1990 he worked in various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens. He served in various posts in Sydney, Ankara, the United States, Skopje and Egypt. From 1998 to 2000 he directed the cabinet of Dr. P. Roumeliotis, European Union Coordinator for the Royaumont Process for Stability and Good Neighborliness in South East Europe and, subsequently, Chairman of the Working Table on Democratization and Human Rights of the Stability Pact for South East Europe. After this assignment, he became Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, among other positions within the Ministry. In 2016, he assumed his duties as Ambassador.

Ambassador Lalacos was born in Athens and studied History at Amherst College, Massachusetts (B.A. 1980, magna cum laude) and International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. (M.A. 1983). Besides Greek, Mr. Lalacos speaks English and French. He is also conversational in Spanish and Italian.

You must register in advance to attend this program.

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN)

Who Will Write Our History?

Presented by the USC Doheny Memorial Library in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research.

Roberta Grossman previews her forthcoming documentary about the Oyneg Shabes Archive, Who Will Write Our History?, narrated by Academy Award winning actor Adrien Brody. 70 years after the hasty burial of the archives on the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the voices of the Oyneg Shabes Archive will finally be heard in the new feature-length documentary Who Will Write Our History? Read more about the film here.

Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmaker who has written, directed and produced over 40 hours of film and television. Her 2012 film Hava Nagila (The Movie)uses the song Hava Nagila as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Grossman's 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won the audience award at 13 Jewish film festivals. Grossman recently completed directing Above and Beyond, a film about the American-Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel's War of Independence, and has also produced Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (2014) and Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005)She was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. 

For questions or to RSVP, contact Sofia Lesinska.

Doheny Memorial Library (DML)

China: Finding Solutions

China, not unlike the United States, confronts enormous challenges. These include deadly environmental degradation, a rapidly aging population, a skills mismatch between what graduates can do and what employers seek, widespread official corruption, regional and intraregional inequality, and low labor and capital productivity.

Often conferences merely document such problems without exploring in concrete terms what businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies are doing to address them. Our China: Finding Solutions conference won’t minimize the size and complexity of such problems, but it will highlight how individuals and institutions are battling them. Our panelists will include distinguished scholars, entrepreneurs, organization leaders, and officials. We invite you to be a part of the discussion.

Space is limited. Register now online or mail in your registration (please include the check, your name, email, and address) to secure your seat and to save money.

Registration (includes the admission, conference goodies, refreshments, and lunch):

Early bird registration   $75
After September 30    $125

Students (must submit photo of student ID to
Early bird registration   $25
After September 30      $40

The first 50 people to register will receive a USC U.S.-China Institute anniversary mug!

Mailing address
USC U.S.-China Institute
Attn: Finding Solutions 
3502 Watt Way, ASC G24
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

31st Annual Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference

A comprehensive networking and learning experience, produced by the USC Marshall School of Business and the U.S. Commercial Service since 1988, for business leaders who want to expand their trade and investment in the Asia/Pacific region. APBO provides a unique mixture of over 50 leading business, government, and academic experts to advise a diverse audience of American firms from across the U.S. on how to become more competitive in the Asia/Pacific marketplace, including one-on-one private appointments with the U.S. Senior Commercial Officers from American embassies in 18 economies, including Canada and Mexico.

The LA Hotel-Downtown

The United States and the Question of the Armenian Genocide

A public lecture by Julien Zarifian (American History, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France)
2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research

The United States under President Woodrow Wilson was one the nations most concerned and scandalized by the Armenian Massacres of 1915-1917, which were perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman authorities and aimed at eradicating the Armenian people from their ancestral homeland, and so became heavily involved in providing humanitarian and political support to the Armenians. Although the term “genocide” had not yet been coined, the intentional, organized, and massive character of this crime against humanity was not questioned in this period, either in the United States or elsewhere. However, this U.S. support and aid began to falter during the 1930s and rapidly deteriorated following the Second World War. Although in the 1960s and 1970s the Armenians began to demand that Turkey and the world recognize that the events of 1915 constituted genocide, Washington, under pressure from the executive branch, opted for a rather ambiguous policy, which it has maintained to this day. The U.S. government decided not to deny the genocide – as Turkey, and then its ally Azerbaijan did – but opted instead to avoid formally recognizing it. With the exception of some rare and notable occasions, the executive branch never used the word “genocide” to refer to the 1915 Massacres, and systematically blocked any attempts by Congress to pass legislation recognizing it as such.

To this date, the United States has not formally recognized the Armenian Genocide, despite academic consensus to the contrary and growing international recognition.The reasons for such a policy are rarely discussed or studied. When they are, only Turkey – which became an ally of the United States after World War II, and still refuses to recognize the genocide – and its geostrategic importance are stressed. Although this point is central, and will be discussed in this lecture, other reasons relating to the political decision making process in Washington DC, the importance of lobbies in this process, or the place of “memory issues” in U.S. political life are important and will also be addressed.

Julien Zarifian, Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, is the Center’s Fulbright Visiting Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. At the Center, his main research project focuses on “The United States and the Question of the Armenian Genocide, from 1915 to the Present.” The goal of his project is to investigate and understand why the United States has failed to officially recognize the massacre of Ottoman Armenians in 1915-16 as genocide, despite the academic consensus to the contrary and the growing tendency to do so in the international community. Professor Zarifian earned his Ph.D. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics, Paris 8 University, in 2010. His current research interests involve U.S. foreign policies in Eurasia, the role of ethnic groups in U.S. political life, and the importance of memory issues in U.S. political life.


Refreshments will be served.

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Social Sciences Building (SOS)

Workshop@PAM: It’s All About the Prints

A brief history of printmaking and how contemporary printmaking has inspired social change in China and Mexico. Conversation with artists Dirk Hagner and Stephanie Mercado will be followed by a hands-on printmaking workshop with artist Marianne Sadowski. All participants will have the opportunity to design, ink, and print their own piece.

*15% discount for members
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$10 discount for USC students, faculty, and staff. You will be asked to show your ID at the door or pay the difference in cost. Please email for your discount code.

Programs are presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

USC Pacific Asia Museum