Beyond Permanent Anxiety: Stories of Immigration and Higher Education

In his introduction to Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, Peter Orner writes: “We cannot begin to understand the situation facing undocumented people in this country unless we start listening to them directly.” This session is a roundtable discussion exploring the power of stories—of both telling and really listening to stories—to help create a more just and humane world. Through shared reflection and dialogue, we explore what we can and should do in solidarity with undocumented immigrants to help move beyond what Orner calls a culture of permanent anxiety.


  • Donna Carroll
  • Elizabeth Collier
  • Maria Marroquin
  • Peter Orner
  • David Ramirez
  • Arianna Salgado