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Asylum Under Siege

Valeria Luiselli. Photo by Diego Berruecos

Hofstra’s Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice will host a lecture with Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Valeria Luiselli about immigration and prison reform on December 3, 2018 from 2:45-4:30 p.m. in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, South Campus.

Dr. Luiselli is a prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer known her works, Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks, The Story of My Teeth, Tell Me How It Ends, and the forthcoming Lost Children Archive. She was nominated twice for both the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a two-time winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a recipient of the National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35’ award and the Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, among other publications, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Luiselli’s lecture, entitled “Black and Brown Confinement: Intersectional Politics of Mass Incarceration and Mass Detention in Contemporary America,” will address reform in the immigration system that entails a dismantling of its connection to the industrial prison complex – and the systematic, highly lucrative confinement of bodies, most them Black and Brown. This lecture is part of a project sponsored by the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice’s Faculty Summer Research Grant 2018.

The event is open to all members of the Hofstra community. For more information, please email the Hofstra Cultural Center at hofculctr@hofstra.edu.

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