Past Features

March 27, 2006 (Vol. 3, No. 5)

Bronx Institute to Hold Conference May 12 on Immigration in the Bronx

The Bronx Institute of Lehman College will host a special conference entitled "New Immigrants in the Bronx: Creating Urban and Ethnic Spaces," which will focus on the borough's burgeoning immigrant population and its social and physical implications for the Bronx. The conference will be held on Friday, May 12, from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Dining Room. This conference is free and open to the public.

A total of eight presenters, representing CUNY and non-CUNY colleges as well ascommunity organizations, will be on hand to discuss everything from the cultural aspects of nutrition and healthcare to the borough's unique religious expressions and the connection with civil rights and immigration.

"Through this conference, we hope to offer new perspectives to the public, including academic and local communities, on the new wave of immigrants in the Bronx and their impact on the borough's social and physical state," says Bronx Institute Research Director David Badillo. "Our goal is to begin to place the Bronx in a larger urban context."

The conference is co-sponsored by the Lehman Department of Nursing andHispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC). To preregister, send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to

Following is the conference schedule:

Coffee/Registration: 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Morning Session, 9:30 a.m.: The Bronx in Transition: Physical and Social Aspects. Moderator: Dr. Carlos Vargas Ramos of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

Speaker: Dr. William Bosworth, director of the Lehman College Bronx Data Center: "Defining Immigration in the Bronx: Race, Ethnicity, and Citizenship." Commentator: Dart Westphal, President of the Mosholu Preservation Corporation.

Speaker: Prof. Allan Wernick of the CUNY Citizenship and Naturalization Project: "Federal Law, Public Policy and Challenges for Contemporary Immigrants."

Commentator: Edward Juarez-Pagliocco, executive director of the International Immigrants Foundation.

Speakers: Jerome Krase and Professor Emeritus Murray Koppelman of Brooklyn College: "Economic Development and the Future of Belmont: Images and Interpretations." Commentator: Alfred Placeres, chair, New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

Speaker: Professor Evelyn Gonzalez of William Patterson University: "Immigration and Changing Cityscapes: Social and Historical Aspects of Bronx Housing." Commentator: Javier Valdes, special projects coordinator, New York Immigration Coalition

12:30 p.m.: Lunch

Afternoon Session, 1:30 p.m.: Immigrant Health Care, Religion and Culture. Moderator: Dr. David A. Badillo, research director, The Bronx Institute at Lehman College.

Speaker: Dr. Ram Kairam, chief of Pediatric Medicine, Bronx Lebanon Hospital: "Social and Cultural Backdrops for Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases." Commentator: Joann Casado, executive director, Bronx Healthlink.

Speaker: Brother Joel Magallán, S.J., executive director, AsociaciónTepeyac de Nueva York: "Mexican Immigrants and Neighborhood Services in the South Bronx: Civil Rights Aspects." Commentator: Raymond Quiñones, lay leader, Holy Family Parish.

Speaker: Rev. Ebenezer Adarkwah, pastor, Christ Pentecostal International Church: "Pentecostalism and Competing Religious Traditions among West Africans." Commentator: Professor Mark Naison, Bronx African American History Project, Fordham University.

Speaker: German Cayetano:"Transplanted Cultures: Religious Practices of the Garifuna Peoples." Commentator: Professor Thomas Ihde, director, CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies at Lehman College.