Rewriting Immigration Narratives

How do we talk about immigration and immigrants? Who do we think of—and who do we forget—when we use those terms? What images does immigration detention conjure and what impact does it have on the people caught in the immigration detention and deportation pipeline? On Wednesday, January 21 (tomorrow), advocates and scholars from the Denver area will address these and related topics at the University of Denver.

Rewriting Immigration Narratives,” as the event is being billed, will include two panels. I’ll be moderating the first panel, “Untold Stories of Family Detention and Deportation,” which, I’m proud to say, features one of my former students Sean Ays alongside my colleague in DU’s Sociology & Criminology Department Katie Dingemann-Cerda whose article The Immigration-Crime Nexus and Post-Deportation Experiences is a must-read for crimmigrationistas. The afternoon’s second panel, “A Call to Action: Where Do We Go From Here?” includes my colleague at DU Law Lisa Graybill. After the two panels, the organizers plan to screen Tania Monarca a documentary film about the personal journey of a young woman who lacks authorization to be in the United States.

“Rewriting Immigration Narratives” will occur in room 290 of DU’s Anderson Academic Commons and is being organized by Elizabeth Drogin, a lecturer in DU’s Writing Program. The panels will from 5:00 to 7:30 with the film set to begin at 7:30. Attendance is free, but participants are asked to RSVP by following this link.

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