Join us for a discussion led by NYU Global Distinguished Professor and CLACS faculty member Jorge Castañeda, NYU Professor María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo and Columbia University Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology Claudio Lomnitz on the current state of immigration policy and politics in the US and México.
This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Center for Mexican Studies at Columbia University, and The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College.
About the speakers:
Jorge Castañeda was Foreign Minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003. He attempted to run for President of Mexico as an independent candidate in 2006. Castañeda is a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, and prolific writer, with an interest in Mexican and Latin American politics, comparative politics and US-Mexican and U.S.-Latin American relations. Dr. Castañeda is a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Milenio, the Spanish daily El País and TIME Magazine. In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University. He has been a Member of the Board of Human Rights Watch since 2003. In April 2008, Castañeda was elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and International Member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2013, President Peña Nieto appointed him as Co-President of the France-Mexico Strategic Council.
María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo is a Professor with the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. Her book, Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States (Duke UP 2016), received the 2017 John Hope Franklin Book prize for the most outstanding book published in American Studies, as well as the 2017 NACCS Book Award for an outstanding book in Chicana & Chicano Studies. Indian Given compares racial formation in Mexico and the U.S. from the colonial period to the present through historical, discursive, and textual analysis. In 2015, Saldaña-Portillo co-edited Des/posesión: Género, territorio, y luchas por la autodeterminación with Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius on indigenous women's leadership roles in the global struggle to defend their territories (UNAM). In her first book, The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development, Saldaña-Portillo analyzed the discursive complicity between Central American and Mexican revolutionary movements and economic development discourse to elucidate the failure of these movements to understand their constituencies (Duke 2003). She has published over twenty-five articles in U.S. and Latin America on revolutionary subjectivity, subaltern politics, indigenous peoples, racial formation, migration, and Latin American and Latino cultural studies. She is currently working on her next monograph, NAFTA, Narcos, and Migration: How Free Trade Brought Us the Drug Economy and Its Refugees, which investigates multiple connections between free trade and the drug trade that have flourished in the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Accord in 1994; the last twenty years of U.S. deportation policy and its impact on Central America; and the contradictions between liberal citizenship and refugee policy in the era of globalization. This includes an exploration of the integral role that gendered labor and gender violence play in drug trafficking and narco economies of value. She is also Chairwoman of Coalición Mexicana, a New York City immigrant rights organization, and a volunteer and expert witness for Central American asylum cases with immigration legal aid agencies internationally.
Columbia University Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology, Claudio Lomnitz works on the history, politics and culture of Latin America, and particularly of Mexico. Lomnitz received his PhD from Stanford in 1987, and his first book, Evolución de una sociedad rural (Mexico City, 1982) was a study of politics and cultural change in Tepoztlán, Mexico. His most recent book The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón (Zone Books, 2014) is about exile, ideology and revolution. Lomnitz writes in non-academic genres. For some years now publishes bi-weekly column in the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada. He has also written an historical play on intellectuals and power in collaboration with hisbrother, Alberto Lomnitz, that won Mexico’s National Drama Award in 2010. Currently Lomnitz is working on a play on the fantasies of military power, based on my recent historical research.