Keynote Speakers and Faculty


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Keynote Speakers

Francesco Piobbichi is key program associate and organizer of Mediterranean Hope an immigration project of the Waldensian Church in Italy. Francesco is also a social cartoonist and artist who has documented the terror and hope of the migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. His book of drawings called Sulla Dannata Terra (On the Wretched Earth) has become an important work that has humanized the migrant in Europe and has allowed him and Mediterranean Hope to have a seat at important decision making tables.

Sebastian Quinac is the outreach coordinator for the Guatemalan consulate in Tucson. Born in Guatemala, he fled his homeland in 1983 after receiving several death threats. Sebastian is a tireless advocate for his people, and translator of the Kachiquel language. He works behind the scenes at Operations Streamline, and travels around the state translating at detentions centers and immigration courts, as well as organizing cultural events for the consulate.

Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years, the last eight as an independent journalist and writer. He resides in Tucson, Arizona, but also has spent many years living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico. His work has appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Guernica, and Al Jazeera English, among other places.

Miller has authored three books: The forthcoming Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World (Verso, 2019), Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, 2017), and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, 2014).


Chad Abbott
Shannon Abbott
Scott Ainslee
Alyson Ball
Jonathan Best
Jennifer Clarke
Will Clipman
Alvaro Enciso
Betsy Finley
Gail Frank
Francie Ginocchio
Ellie Hutchison
Deanna Murray
Lisa Otey
Ted Ramirez
Peter Dalton Ronstadt
Carol St. John
Diane Van Deurzen
Ana Maria Vasquez
Shura Wallin
Suzy Webber
Elise Whitaker

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