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U.S. Empire and Latin American Migration Past and PresentMaster ClassIn-Person

Dana Scruggs

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Barnard offers a singular combination of: excellence across the arts and sciences; world-class faculty dedicated to teaching; tight-knit community with the academic resources of a research university; and New York City's infinite opportunities.

The “border crisis” is a topic of discussion and debate. But where does this “crisis” come from? This master class will explore the historical roots of the current border situation by focusing on three topics: first, the long history of U.S.-Latin American relations over the course of the 20th century; second, an earlier wave of forced migration during the Cold War; and finally, the current wave of migration, whose reverberations are felt around the world and in our city.


CTLE credit will be provided.

Nara Milanich

Nara Milanich is Professor of Latin American History at Barnard College and directs the Center for Mexico and Central America at Columbia University. She researches the history of family, childhood, reproduction, gender, and law in Latin America and is the author of Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile, 1850-1930 and Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father. Milanich volunteered as a translator and legal assistant for Central American mothers and children incarcerated in the U.S.’s largest immigrant detention center. She has written about immigration in the Washington Post, Dissent, New York Daily News, and NACLA: North American Congress on Latin America. She teaches an undergraduate seminar on the history and politics of Central American asylum, organized around collaborations with migrant rights organizations. With Fanny García, she has developed Separated: Stories of Injustice and Solidarity, an oral history project with Central American families that were separated at the US-Mexico border.