Food and Immigrant Life: The Role of Food in Forced Migration, Migrant Labor, and Recreating Home (Day 1)

2:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This conference is an opportunity to firmly place issues of immigration and food service work in the context of a broader social justice agenda and to explore the central role food plays in expressing rich cultural heritage. 

Speakers will examine the complex relationships between food, migration, and immigration. Food scarcity is not only at the root of much human displacement and migration—the food industry also offers migrants an entry point into the U.S. economic system while, simultaneously, confines migrants to low wages and poor, if not unsafe, work conditions. In addition, food is a primary vehicle for migrants to maintain their cultural identity, which is so important to displaced peoples. 

The keynote address will be given by Dolores Huerta, co-founder and first Vice President Emeritus of United Farm Workers of America, on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00pm.

Confirmed speakers are Sean Basinski, Yong Chen, Alexandra Delano, Von Diaz, Hasia Diner, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, James C. Hathaway, Saru Jayaraman, Ellen Ernst Kossek, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Arup Maharatna, Fabio Parasecoli, Jeffrey Pilcher, Dwaine Plaza, Krishnendu RayMonique TruongKoko Warner, and Tiphanie Yanique. Visit the online program for all details.

We are delighted to be collaborating with several cultural organizations outside of The New School to offer additional programming inspired by the themes of the conference. Our collaborators are the China Institute, The Korea Society, El Museo del Barrio, Feet in Two Worlds, and Streetwise New York. All events require additional registration. Some are free, and some have additional costs. Details are online

The New School’s Center for Public Scholarship and the Food Studies Program presents this, the 29th Social Research conference, in collaboration with the Writing Program, India China Institute, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Center for New York City Affairs, Global Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (ICMEC), and Office of the Provost.

Visit the event website for up-to-date program information, speaker biographies, paper abstracts, and ticket information at


Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

$45 for the full conference + special issue of Social Research
$15 per session + special issue of Social Research
Free for all students (from any school)
Free for New School staff, faculty, and alumni
Special issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly (Volume 80, Number 2) $18
Register online on Marketplace

Special Needs:

If a person attending your event has a special needs request, i.e. hearing assistance or wheelchair accessibility, they should contact the organizer of the event at:

Phone: 212-229-5776 x3

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