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Immigration Crisis Gets A Closer Look with Scholar Sayak Valencia, Jan. 29

Published January 28, 2019

Every two seconds, a person is displaced from their country of origin. Nazareth is looking deeper at the immigration crisis by hosting international scholar Sayak Valencia, on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Her work has her traveling the world due to her intersectional integration of economics, politics, culture, violence, and migration. She’s flying to Rochester from Tijuana, Mexico, where she's been interviewing people in a caravan at the border. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Arts Center Callahan Theater. This event is free and open to the public. The keynote lecture will be given in Spanish. English translation will be provided.


Valencia is coming as part of a big program developing at Nazareth looking at immigration: El Paso Solidarity and Social Justice Retreat. The idea behind this program was to select a small group of students who would be traveling to El Paso, Texas, in order to engage in high impact practices that would expose them to issues surrounding migration/immigration from a wide variety of perspectives. What initially began as a one-time event called El Paso Solidarity and Social Justice Retreat, however, evolved then into an annual and interdisciplinary program that is now being assisted and developed in collaboration with faculty members from different departments.

Following the lecture, Valencia will be joined by an invited panel of Latin American Studies scholars from The University of Nevada, Reno and Nazareth College. They will dialogue on current issues such as migration, refugee crisis, human rights, politics, and violence, and how these issues relate to the economy

Joining Dr. Valencia, will be a panel of Latin American scholars including:

  • Hilda Chacon
  • Isabel Cordova
  • Lydia Huerta
  • Ana Gomez Parga

Valencia is a transfeminist philosopher, essayist, and performance artist, with a doctorate from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a Professor and Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

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