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Mediating Race and Immigration: Travelling Blackness
November 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
DR. MANOUCHEKA CELESTE
LGBTQ Affairs’ 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow
Immigration, as crisis and in times of crisis, routinely cycles through as a news topic of the day. This talk will explore the story of immigration and citizenship, and the ways that race, gender, and class shape national belonging and identity. Using Haiti, Cuba, and the United States as primary triangulated sites of examination, Dr. Celeste will argue that citizenship in all of its forms is often rhetorically, representationally, and legally negated by race, particularly blackness. Further, she will explore the ways that media representations of blackness impact one’s ability to travel across national and social borders and become a citizen.