Beyond the Wall: Immigration and Human Rights Across the Americas

Tuesday, February 05, 2019
5:00 pm
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A forum with Aviva Chomsky (Salem State University) - John Galante (WPI) - Jessica Ordaz (University of Colorado Boulder) - Angel Rivera (WPI) - Heather Silber Mohamed (Clark University) - Aarti S. Madan (WPI) 

Immigration has become central to American politics and inter-American relations. This forum will bring students and scholars to discuss the origins, human dimensions, and future challenges of the "immigration crisis" across borders. 

Our Panelists

Aviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University. Her work focuses on issues of colonialism, economic development, migration, race, labor, environment, and global inequality. She is the author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (2014) and They Take Our Jobs! And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration (2007)
John Galante is Assitant Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Arts Department at WPI, where he is also affiliated with International and Global Studies. His work examines transatlantic and inter-American immigrant networks. His current book project is entitled Italianità in Crisis: Immigrants and the Italian South Atlantic during World War I.
Jessica Ordaz is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work focuses on Latinx history, US/Mexico border studies, and the detention and deportation regime. Her current book project is entitled The Functions of Immigration Detention: Forced Labor, Transnational Migrant Politics and Punishment in California’s Imperial Valley, 1939-2014. 
Angel Rivera is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Humanities and Arts at WPI, where he is also affiliated with International and Global Studies. His work examines how "marginal groups" (radical male intellectuals and women writers) used Spanish Caribbean literature to create new representational structures for their survival across borders. He is the author of several novels and scholarly works. 
Heather Silber Mohamed is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clark University, where she is also affiliated with the program in Women’s and Gender Studies, the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration. Her Book, The New Americans?: Immigration, Protest, and the Politics of Latino Identity (2017), was named the Best Book of 2017 by the American Political Science Association’s Latino Caucus. 
Aarti Smith Madan is Associate Professor of Spanish and International Studies in the Department of Humanities and Arts at WPI where she also serves as Director of the Buenos Aires Project Center. Her work examines the links between art and activism across borders in Latin America and India. She is the author of Lines of Geography in Latin American Narrative: National Territory, National Literature (2017) 
This event is co-organized with the Hispanic & Caribbean Student Association (HCSA), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the International Student Council (ICS), the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), and the Humanities & Arts Department.