Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Loyola University Chicago
“Deported but Not Defeated in Mexico City”
Abstract: U.S. practices of mass deportation especially affect Mexican nationals, who have long comprised the largest population of U.S. deportees. In 2016 alone, nearly 300,000 Mexican citizens were removed or returned from the United States. Ostensibly in their homelands, deportees often arrive in Mexico only to discover that they have gone from noncitizens in the United States to “abandoned citizens” in Mexico who are denied recognition and support from the Mexican government. Left to fend for themselves, one group of deportees in Mexico City has done just that: establishing a small business and shelter where new arrivals with nowhere else to go can find camaraderie, employment, and a safe place to sleep. Yet their mission is much broader than ensuring daily survival: as “Deportees United in Struggle,” they engage in political organizing to contest their deportation from the United States and their desertion in Mexico, challenging dominant narratives of criminalization and securitization along the way. This talk presents results from preliminary research with deportees and deportee rights advocates in Mexico City who struggle to support themselves and each other as they make claims to belonging and family unification on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Bio: Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in political economy, migration, Latinos/as in the U.S., race and class, applied anthropology, and urban ethnography.
Wednesday, September, 26th
Dr. Jennifer Pitts
Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago
“Empire and the Invention of International Law”
Abstract: International law is the product of a history at once distinctively European and also, often devastatingly, global. It has long played an important role in structuring and justifying hierarchy and domination, even as it also has also supplied resources for critique and a framework for envisioning greater global justice and equity. This talk, based on Pitts’s new book, Boundaries of the International, explores the emergence of modern international law alongside European imperialism and the implications of that history for global justice today.
Bio: Dr. Pitts research interests lie in the field of modern political and international thought, particularly British and French thought of the eighteen and nineteenth centuries; empire; the history of international law; and global justice. She is a member of the faculty boards for the Human Rights Program and the Nicholson Center for British Studies.
Thursday, October, 25th
Dr. Brian Powell
Professor of Sociology
“Americans’ Views on Refusal of Services to Same-Sex and Interracial Couples: Evidence from a National Survey Experiment”
Abstract: Legislators and courts continue to debate whether a business should be able to deny services to same-sex couples if such services go against the business owner’s religious beliefs. Proponents of service refusal contend that requiring a business to provide services undermines religious freedom—and, for some businesses, artistic expression and freedom of speech. Opponents respond that service refusal to sexual minorities discriminates in the same way as service refusal to racial minorities did in the past. These debates are occurring at the same time that Americans’ views on gay rights have liberalized and same-sex marriage has been legalized. Yet we know little of what the public thinks about denial of services. Brian Powell reports patterns from the first national survey experiment that clarifies the extent to which the American public endorses of rejects businesses’ right to refuse service and the conditions that increase or decrease such support. The survey experiment answer four questions:
- Does support for service refusal apply only to religions reasons or extend to non-religion reasons?
- Does support for service refusal apply to self-employed individuals only or extend to corporations?
- Does support for service refusal extend to other groups, such as interracial couples?
- What explanations do Americans give for their support or opposition to service refusal and to what extent do these explanations correspond with those given in political and legal spheres?
Bio: Professor Powell’s research focuses on family, education, gender, and sexuality. With grants from the National Science Foundation, American Education Research Association, and the Spencer Foundation, he has examined how families confer advantages (or disadvantages) to their children and how family structure influences parental investments in children. He is especially interested in several increasingly visible groups of “atypical” family forms: families with older parents, bi/multiracial families, adoptive families, and gay/lesbian families.
Wednesday, April 3rd
DSAC Great Hall A
Time 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dr. Brian Powell is also the keynote speaker for this year’s Days of Discovery. https://www.pnw.edu/research/discovery/