Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Thinking Like a Caravan: The Current Migration Crisis
Humanities Forum with Rachel Ida Buff, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Based on historical research as well as on-site experience at the border, this talk examines the current “crisis” of asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. It compares mass media and political rhetoric about the caravans to the self-description of both asylum seekers and caravan-sponsoring organizations such as Pueblos Sin Fronteras. The talk explores the practice of migrant caravans as human acts of solidarity and survival.
A reception and book signing will follow the program.
Rachel Ida Buff is a writer and historian. She teaches history and comparative ethnic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is author, most recently, of Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press, 2017) and A is for Asylum Seeker: A Historical Glossary of Words for People on the Move (forthcoming from Fordham University Press). She writes frequently for various outlets and is also working on a novel, Holy Toledo.
Admission to the program and reception are free and open to the public.
Plan Your Visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is the Walker Garage, adjacent to the Library.
Photo courtesy of the speaker.
Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Media and Communication Studies Department.