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Camps in the 21st Century Americas

Camps in the 21st Century

Monday, December 5, 2022

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

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Marking the twentieth year of the detention camps at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo, Cuba, this symposium brings together scholars and activists whose work engages with a broad landscape of detention in the Americas today.

8:30-9:00 am:
Coffee and Welcome
9:00-10:30 am: "The camps are…little better than prisons”: Refugee Camps and Detention in the U.S. Imperial Archipelago - Jana Limpan, Tulane University
10:45-11:45 am:  Student Panel on Volunteer Work for Migrant Justice - Nell Salzman '22 and Chaelin Jung '23.
(boxed lunches will be available from 11:45am)
12:00-1:30pm: “Guantánamo's Travels: Empire, Imprisonment, Abolition” -A. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois, Chicago
2:00-3:30 pm: “Representing Venezuelan Migrants in Massachusetts: The Class-Action Suit Against DeSantis,” -Iván Espinoza-Madrigal
4:00-5:30 pm: Panel on the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, with State Senator Jonathan Acosta and Jasmina de León Gill

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Jana K. LipmanTulane University; author of Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution (2009) and In Camps: Vietnamese Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Repatriates (University of California Press, 2020)

A.Naomi PaikUniversity of Illinois, Chicago; author of Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (2016) and Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (2020)

Iván Espinosa-MadrigalExecutive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston

Jonathon Acosta (graduate student)

Nell Salzman '22 is a senior from Denver, Colorado double concentrating in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Nell has worked in Nicaragua and Ecuador and has done translation work with the Rhode Island Center for Justice. Her favorite classes at Brown have been the ones that got her involved with the Latin American community in Providence-- volunteering in ESL kindergarten classes and interviewing Latinx artists/community leaders. She is passionate about telling other peoples' stories and currently writes for the Indy. She hopes to eventually use her language skills to help Spanish-speaking immigrants, either through translation, community organizing, or legal aid.

Chaelin Jung (graduate student) is a senior at Brown University double concentrating in Economics and International & Public Affairs on the Development track. Broadly interested in data-driven and human-centered approaches to policy design and evaluation, as well as the intersection of economics and law.