Border Crossing: History and the Refugee Crisis from Classroom to Detention Center
Thursday, October 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m., ACT 301
Reception to follow in the Stoddard Hall Lobby. This event is free and open to the public.
This summer the mass separation of refugee families at the U.S.-Mexico border transfixed the nation and the world. Since then, U.S. authorities have begun holding growing numbers of migrant children in camps and are seeking to lengthen indefinitely the detention of migrant families in immigration prisons. How can history help us make sense of these events? How can students draw on their training in the humanities to act on these and other global issues? In this lecture, historian Nara Milanich discusses the intersections of public scholarship, experiential learning, and our engagement with the world.
Dr. Nara Milanich
Nara Milanich is Professor of Latin American History, Barnard College, Columbia University. She teaches and researches the comparative histories of family, childhood, gender, reproduction, and law. She is the author of Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile, 1850-1930 (Duke, 2009) and a history of paternity testing, Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father (Harvard University Press, 2019), which will be out for Father’s Day. She has volunteered as a translator for Central American mothers and children incarcerated in the immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas and has written about this experience in the Washington Post, Dissent, and NACLA: North American Congress on Latin America. In the spring semester, she will teach a class on the border crisis and take students to work in the detention center.
This event is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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