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Hemispheric Dialogue/Diálogo Hemisférico | "Citizenship/Ciudadanías," led by Cristina Beltrán, Marco Saavedra, and Diana Taylor

Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:00pm-2:00pm

With Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) now before the U.S. Supreme Court, this Diálogo proposes to discuss the recent history of migrant organizing in the United States and the challenges facing activists and communities today.

We suggest reading the following in preparation for this conversation:

  • Cristina Beltrán, "Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid: Dream Activists, Immigrant Politics, and the Queering of Democracy,” in From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age, Danielle Allen and Jennifer S. Light, eds., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Click here to download a PDF of this reading. 

Watch our interview with Marco Saavedra here.

Hemispheric Dialogues/Diálogos Hemisféricos invite key thinkers to lead discussions about some of the pressing issues of our time. The series envisions informal yet sustained dialogue among faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and members of the community.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Cristina Beltrán is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University. A political theorist by training, her research focuses on modern and contemporary political theory, Latino and U.S. ethnic/racial politics, and feminist and queer theory. She is the author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (Oxford University Press, 2010). She is currently working on multiple book projects: Herrenvolk Democracy: Migrant Suffering and the Revival of White Citizenship is forthcoming in early 2020, while a two-volume collection of essays is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Marco Saavedra is originally from San Miguel Ahuehuetitlán, Oaxaca, Mexico, and has been living in the United States with his family for more than 20 years. A graduate of Kenyon College, Saavedra began organizing as part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance during the Obama Administration. In 2012,  he and Viri Martínez turned themselves in to immigration authorities as a way to infiltrate a detention center in Florida in order to provide support to detainees who qualified for asylum or other legal recourse. In 2013, as part of what would become known as the Dream 9, Saavedra self-deported to Mexico with other activists to demand relief for DACA-eligible migrants who were deported prior its creation. His activist work is featured in the 2019 film The Infiltrators.

Diana Taylor is a University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the award-winning author of multiple books, among them: Theatre of Crisis (1991), Disappearing Acts (1997), The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), and Performance (2016). Her new book, ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence is forthcoming with Duke University Press. Taylor is the director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics which she helped found in 1998. In 2017, Taylor was President of the Modern Language Association and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2018 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science. 

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue. Refreshments will be served, but feel free to bring your lunch.