"Immigration in the Trump Era: Turning Adversity into Opportunity"
a lecture by
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Carpenter Library B21
Bryn Mawr College
During his first year in office, President Trump has built a hostile environment for the immigrant community in the US. The mid-term election of 2018 represents an opportunity for the pro-immigrant movement to create new strategies towards a fair and comprehensive legislation from Congress. What should be the role of the society in this process? In this talk, Eileen Truax, a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, will discuss how despite this adverse political scenario, there could be some opportunities to advocate for an immigration overhaul. Before moving to Los Angeles, Eileen published in some of the main Mexican newspapers such as El Universal, Reforma, Proceso, and Gatoparto. In the US, she worked seven years for La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily in the US, covering issues on immigration, politics and US-Mexico relations. She has also published in Americas Quarterly, and the Spanish editions of The New York Times, Newsweek and Vice en Español, among others.
Eileen is the author of Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream (Beacon Press, 2015); Mexicanos al Grito de Trump. Historias de Triunfo y Resistencia en Estados Unidos (Planeta, 2017), and We Built the Wall. How the US Keeps out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond (Verso, 2018). Her next project is a book about immigrant youth in Spain.
El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)
Come celebrate with us!
Enid Cook Center
Bryn Mawr College
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and other Latin American countries, to remember friends and family members who have died. Rather than mourning for the deceased, El Día de los Muertos, particularly in Mexico, is a joyful celebration consisting of building private altars called ofrendas. These ofrendas are filled with sugar skulls (or calaveras, which are named after those who already departed), cempasuchil (or marigold flowers), and the favorite foods and beverages of the loved ones who passed away. During our celebration, we will build an altar, decorate sugar skulls, listen to folktales by Veronica de Leon does , and enjoy the music of the son jarocho band Son Revoltura.