Friday 9/13 5:30-7:30 Optimism Brewing Company
“The Border Crossed Us: A History of Movement, Border-Making, and What that Means for Us Today”
“We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us” is a common saying among indigenous people from the US-Mexico border to Palestine. How did borders come about, and how have people resisted them? In this talk, immigration historian, Randa Tawil, will give a brief history of mobility and border control in the US, focusing on the policing of black, Indian, Mexican, and Asian free and unfree labor—and continual forms of resistance. Focusing on the intertwined histories of working people, Tawil will give a historical and theoretical background to where we are today, and what we can do about it.
Academic: “Race and Ethnicity” in Routledge Global History of Feminism (Routledge 2022) “A ‘Flying Carpet of Doom:’ Retracing Gender and Orientalism through the Transatlantic Journeys of a Syrian Migrant Woman” (Frontiers 2022) “Racial Borderlines: Ameen Rihani, Mexico, and World War I” (Amerasia 2018) Book Review, Neda Maghbouleh’s Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the everyday politics of… Read more
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