Undocumented Knowledge: Students, Borders, and the Politics of Sanctuary
Join us for a transnational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional conversation about immigration (widely defined to include the experiences of undocumented immigrants, refugees, and radicalized second-generation descendants of immigrants) through engaging the political climate we are in following the U.S. Presidential election and the changes in the EU. The conversation will stem from the diverse background of speakers and articulating what the role of the University ought to be in this political moment.
Meet our speakers:
[Moderator] Lorgia Garcia-Peña is a professor at Harvard University and is a co-founder of Freedom University Georgia. She is the author of “The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions” and her on-going book project is titled “Translating Blackness: Latino/as Negotiating Race and Belonging Across the Atlantic.” http://rll-faculty.fas.harvard.edu/garciapena/home
Keish Kim is a graduate student in American Studies at Harvard University. She has been involved with various immigrant-organizing spaces, including Freedom University Georgia, Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance and Protect Undocumented Students at Harvard (PUSH).
Prerna Lal, is an Immigration Attorney for the undocumented student program at University of California Berkeley and is part of the East Bay Community Law Center. Lal is also a founder of DreamActivist, an online advocacy network led by undocumented youth. http://undocu.berkeley.edu/haas-dreamers-resource-center/meet-our-staff/
Lisa Lowe is a professor of English and Humanities at Tufts University and is the author of “Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics” among many other publications. Her scholarly work incorporates histories of colonialism, immigration and globalization. https://ase.tufts.edu/english/people/lowe.htm
Medhin Paolos is a photographer, electronic musician, an activist, and the director of “Asmarina”: a documentary film and a photographic book on the postcolonial heritage of Eritrean/Ethiopian community in Italy. Paolos has been working with “Rete G2”, National organization for citizenship rights in Italy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCKl0mcVhqk
Maurice Stierl is a visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis. His research focuses on the diverse forms of dissent that challenge European Union border and migration governance and policies and is a member of the activist project WatchTheMed Alarm Phone. http://culturalstudies.ucdavis.edu/maurice-stierl-phd
Reception will follow after the event at Robinson Hall Great Space from 6pm to 7pm.
We hope to see you there!
This event is co-sponsored by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Weatherhead Center for International Affiars, Harvard University Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights, Deparment of History and Literature, and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures