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Development Update


Migration Studies Chair Established

The Cassamarca Foundation has pledged $3 million to establish a chair at Fordham University to study migration and globalization at the New York-based Center for Migration Studies, which examines socio-demographic, historical, economic, political, legislative and pastoral aspects of migration and refugee movements. The chair was proposed by Lydio F. Tomasi, C.S., executive director of the Center for Migration Studies until his recent retirement.

The Center for Migration Studies was co-founded in 1964 by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, C.S., who completed his Ph.D. in sociology at Fordham at that time and is now the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva. Over the past 40 years, Fordham sociology professors have collaborated with Center researchers on projects and publications, and the two institutions have co-sponsored conferences. An agreement to formalize the relationship over a three-year transition period was entered into in June 2003. The partnership will allow Fordham faculty and graduate students to more effectively collaborate on interdisciplinary migration research with researchers at the Center.

“With migration research and policymaking becoming increasingly complex, we hope to tap into the knowledge of Fordham faculty involved in the social sciences, pastoral work, social service and law,” said Mary Powers, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University and the associate director of the Center for Migration Studies.

Based in Treviso, Italy, the Cassamarca Foundation is dedicated to promoting Italian and European culture around the world.

— Andrea Marais

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