Migration and Racial Justice Series, 2017-2018

Anti-immigrant and refugee policies have been on the rise since at least the mid-1990s in the United States and around the world. As nation-states respond to the political-economic pressures of global integration, anxieties about waning state sovereignty, and changing demographic features, immigrants and refugees have been some of the hardest affected communities. In response to these developments around immigration and refugee issues, CUSS developed the “Migration and Racial Justice” for the 2017-2018 academic year to examine critical immigration and refugee studies.


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October 31st-November 2nd, “The Right to Stay Home – Justice for Migrant Workers and Sending Communities

Lecture, Tuesday, October 31, 4-5:30pm, “Documenting the Farm Worker Rebellion”

Lecture, Wednesday, November 1, 4-5:30pm, “The Radical Resistance to Immigration Enforcement”

Seminar, Thursday, November 2, 12:20-2pm

David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer. He is the author of numerous books including the forthcoming In the Fields of the North / En Los Campos del Norte (University of California Press, 2017) and well as The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico border (2003), Communities Without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration (2006), Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (2008), and The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration  (2013). Bacon covers issues of labor, immigration and international politics.


Past Speakers

Lisa Marie Cacho

Image result for lisa marie cachoOctober 12, 2017 “When Victims Aren’t Blameless: Police Killings and Reasonable Doubt”

Dr. Cacho is Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Asian American Studies with affiliate status in English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected (NYU Press, 2012). Her work demonstrates how race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and legality work interdependently to assign human value and to render relations of inequality normative, natural, and obvious in both dominant and oppositional discourses.


Nadine Naber

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September 21, 2017 “Beyond the Muslim Ban: Coalition Politics and Feminist Futures”

Dr. Naber is an Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Asian American Studies Program and holds an affiliation

with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research theorizes the racialization of Arab and Muslim Americans within the contexts of empire and diaspora. She is the author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism, and co-editor of the books Race and Arab Americans, Arab and Arab American Feminisms and The Color of Violence.