Dissent on the American Border | Newberry

Dissent on the American Border

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

9:30am - 12:30pm

The Newberry Library

Dr. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The US border with Mexico is a complex and shifting site of contestation, emotion, and fear. The border is geographically dispersed, reaching far into Central America and beyond. It is infused and continually re-shaped by history, politics, and theology. It is intensely securitized and deeply politicized, implicating race, religion, politics, and the natural and built environments. This seminar steps back from the frenzied atmosphere surrounding contemporary discussions of the border to examine a series of perspectives that often do not make it into the headlines. We focus our attention on voices of opposition, contestation, and dissent including those of Indigenous communities, youth refugees and their advocates, environmentalists, and followers of the unsanctioned saint Santa Muerte, who dissent from dominant formations of Church and State on both sides of the border. Discussing these views opens new perspectives for teaching and learning about the border and offers an alternative to the focus on law enforcement, surveillance, drugs, nationalism, and violence.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

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