Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography: An Examination of Marginalization & Inequality

This two-day conference is structured to advance substantive, policy-relevant work and public awareness around the pressing global challenges at the intersections of urbanization, migration, and demography (“Global Shifts”). Please register here.

April 20th (Day 1): "Displacement to development: How marginalization and inequality shape Global Shifts," is an invitation-only experts meeting, convening a select group of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners for a series of substantive conversations looking at the ways in which marginalization and inequality shape global shifts. If you are a Penn faculty member or graduate student and interested in participating in this day, please contatct Kate Leader,

April 21st (Day 2) is open to the public but registration is required. The program will include dialogues with distinguished panelists and remarks from prominent speakers on the theme: "The manifestations of marginalization and inequality in Global Shifts." The day will conclude with a reception. The agenda is as follows:

Friday, April 21, 2017 - All events will take place in the World Forum unless otherwise noted.

The manifestations of marginalization and inequality in Global Shifts

9:00-10:00AM: Registration and breakfast

10:00-10:10AM: Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

·       Amy Gadsden, Executive Director, Penn Global, University of Pennsylvania

·       Bill Burke-White, Inaugural Director, Perry World House

Urban Marginalization

10:10-10:40AM: Opening Keynote Address by Jockin Arputham, President, Slum/Shack Dwellers International and Perry World House Visiting Fellow

10:40-11:45AM: Experts’ Conversation 

Moderator: Susan Wachter, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance; Co-Director of PennIUR


·       Jockin Arputham, President, Slum/Shack Dwellers International

·       Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat

·       Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFP)

11:45-11:50AM: Announcement of winners of PWH-PennIUR Photo Competition

11:50-1:15PM: Lunch & PennIUR Earth Day Lecture (Location: Global Policy Lab)

From 12:00-1:00PM, you are invited to join PennIUR for "MUSA Earth Day 2017: Climate Migration and Spatial Analysis." This lecture by Deborah Balk, Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, will take place over lunch in the Global Policy Lab. Click here for more details and to register.

Migration & Inequality

1:15-1:20PM: Welcome and Introduction of Anne C. Richard

·       LaShawn Jefferson, Deputy Director, PWH

1:20-1:40PM: Remarks by Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012-2017) and Perry World House Visiting Fellow

1:40-3:00PM: Distinguished Dialogue 

Moderator: Susan Martin, Founder, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration


·       Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons; Associate Professor of International Law, LSE Law

·       Arafat Jamal, Head, Inter-Agency Coordination, UNHCR

·       Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change

·       Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012-2017); Perry World House Visiting Fellow

3:00-3:15PM: Coffee break

3:15-4:20PM: Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker To Be Announced

4:20-4:30PM: Closing Remarks

4:30-5:30PM: Reception

Please register here.

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