Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: US Immigration and Abolitionist Futures

Thursday, March 5, 2020

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge (Room 201), 75 Waterman Street, Providence RI

Free and open to the public.

Book sale and signing, and light reception to follow.

This talk starts with the apparent “crises” over immigration in the contemporary moment, marked by three signature executive orders authorized by the Trump Administration in its first week in office: the “Muslim Ban,” the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. By examining the long histories that have built a deeply rooted, robust foundation for these anti-immigrant attacks, the talk will discuss how the targeting of certain noncitizens is neither new, nor isolated, but reaches back to the settler-colonial foundations of the United States and to the birth of immigration restrictions in the 19th century. The talk also traces the deep genealogies of sanctuary and abolitionist movements and raises the potential of combining these modes of organizing in addressing the demands to create “sanctuary everywhere” and “sanctuary for all.”

Free and open to the public. Light reception to follow. 

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A. Naomi Paik is an associate professor of Asian American studies with appointments in Gender & Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (UNC Press, 2016) and the forthcoming Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary (May 2020, University of California Press)