Conversations that Matter: Immigration

Thursday, August 29, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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Conversations that Matter returns with a dynamic panel talk and community discussion on immigration in California, connecting to the themes found in the exhibitions Chiura Obata: An American Modern and Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West. The Crocker will convene local experts to address the historical, legal, and political components of immigration, including the critical issues faced by immigrants, residents, and citizens today. A moderated community dialogue will follow the panel presentation.


J. J. Mulligan Sepúlveda is an attorney at UC Davis School of Law's Immigration Law Clinic. He also works in the Clinic as co-counsel on the Flores Settlement Agreement and as a Padilla expert for the Santa Barbara Public Defender's Office. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master of Arts in International Relations from IE University in Madrid, Spain. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis. Following law school, J. J. worked at a non-profit organization in Brooklyn, New York representing unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings through an Immigrant Justice Corps fellowship. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Granada, where he focused on unaccompanied minors crossing the Mediterranean. He has provided commentary on immigration issues to NPR, HuffPost, Associated Press and other media outlets. He is the author of "No Human is Illegal: An Attorney on the Frontlines of the Immigration War".

Patrick Ettinger is a professor in the Department of History at Sacramento State University, and the former Director of its Public History Program and the Capital Campus Oral History Program. He received his PhD from Indiana University and specializes in immigration history. Dr. Ettinger is the author of "Imaginary Lines: Border Enforcement and the Origins of Undocumented Immigration, 1882-1930".

Jesus Limón is an English Lecturer at Sacramento State University and an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College. He received his Master of Arts in English from CSUS. Born in Mexico, he was brought to the United States at age eight, was raised in Sacramento, and was a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


Mikael Villalobos is the Associate Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Campus Community Relations in the Office of the Chancellor at UC Davis. Villalobos leads and is a senior member of Diversity Trainers Institute and is a member of the administrative advisory group to the UC Davis Police Accountability Board. Outside of the university, he works to expand workplace inclusion through his private consulting practice that focuses on conflict mediation and organizational development.



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Dorothea Lange, (American, 1895-1965), Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American " placed in the window of a store, at [401 - 403 Eighth] and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war, 1942. Gelatin silver print. Library of Congress.

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