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NIU Latino Center

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The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies is hosting its first annual interdisciplinary conference. This year’s conference is centered on the theme of social and political activism and features the original research of three NIU faculty: Beatrix Hoffman, Laura Johnson and Mark Schuller.



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Conference registration: 9:00 a.m.
Conference proceeding: 10:00 a.m.
Conference reception: 12:00–2:00 p.m.



Presentations
Beatrix Hoffman

"The History of Activism for Immigrant Rights to Health Care"

Both undocumented and documented immigrants in the U.S. are denied access to many kinds of health care. This presentation will discuss several examples of activist groups who have demanded an equal right to health care regardless of citizenship or immigration status, including progressive labor unions in the 1890s, farm worker organizations in the 1970s and '80s, and the immigrant rights movement today.

Laura Johnson

“'I feel like I have my own voice’: Community engagement and advocacy among Latinx youth in Chicago”
In this presentation, Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson will share findings from her research with Latinx youth/pregnant and parenting youth (PPY) attending an alternative high school in Chicago's Humboldt Park community. In particular, she will discuss how youth's involvement in a number of school-based initiatives and Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects helped them participate in broader discussions and debates in a variety of issues relevant to their lives and communities, including gun violence, gentrification, food insecurity, and teen parenthood.

Mark Schuller

“Activism without Borders? On the politics of solidarity and ‘global citizens’”
The most pressing issues we face today are international if not global in scope: immigration, white supremacy, climate change... as a result activists are called to engage globally, unraveling the systems of oppression and inequality at the root. In this talk I will be working through the politics of solidarity activism. I take as a starting point, from an anthropological imagination, that solidarity is working alongside specific activists because these systems of oppression have a common root. I will grapple with dilemmas of inclusion and exclusion, and differential privilege: too often solidarity can bleed into speaking on behalf of, the 'voice for the voiceless.' Some solidarity activists consider themselves "citizens of the world," what Teju Cole denounced as the "White Savior Industrial Complex." And let's be clear about the exclusion embedded in the language of both citizenship and borders.



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