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October 27, 2010

Migrant CitizenshipCultural anthropologist and author Alyshia Gálvez spoke at Fordham University

Alyshia Gálvez, a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College/City University of New York, author of Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants (NYU Press, 2010). Her work focuses on the efforts by Mexican immigrants in New York City to achieve the rights of citizenship. Past publicationsinclude TravelingVirgins/Virgenes Viajeras, a special issue of the journale-misférica which she co-guest-edited; a volume she edited, Performing Religion in the AmeriMigrant Citizenshipcas: Media, Politics and Devotion in the 21st Century (Berg/Seagull 2007) and articles in Social Text, International Migration, e-misférica and Revista Enfoques (Chile). She is currently conducting a new research project, an intervention into the so-called Hispanic birthweight paradox, examiningthe experiences of Mexican women with New York’s public healthcare system. At Fordham, Gálvez gave the lecture, “Migrant Citizenship: How Mexican Immigrants in New York Articulate Rights in the Margins of Immigration Law.” She also joined Professor Hendler’s “Approaches to American Studies” class along with her  course on immigration from Lehman.

September 16, 2010

Carolina Salguero, founder and director of Portside New York talks about her "Use and Abuse of American Studies"

Carolina Salguero, founder and director of Portside New York, gave the lecture, "The Use and Abuse of American Studies," in which she discussed her path from a double-major in American Studies and Art at Yale to, first, a career in photojournalism (in which she covered the Romanian revolution, many of the first free elections in Eastern Europe, and 9/11 and its aftermath, which was hailed as the best body of work on the attacks by a single photographer) and then to the founding of the waterfront-themed non-profit organization Portside New York, a maritime hub and cultural space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Salguero describes Portside New York as, "at heart, American Studies thinking applied to social change." Following the lecture, Salguero facilitated a class visit and discussion with students from Professor Fisher's "Major Developments in American Studies class" at the pier on Hudson River. For a recent New York Times article on her work click here.

September 25, 2008

Journalist, author, and editor Philip Gourevitch spoke at Fordham University

Philip Gourevitch Philip Gourevitch

Philip Gourevitch appeared at a panel discussion of his work on the Lincoln Center campus, (other participants from left to right: Glenn Hendler of the English Department/American Studies Program, Robin Andersen of the Communications Department/Peace & Justice Studies Program, Tom de Luca of the Political Science Department, and Margaret Steinfels of the Center for Religion & Culture) and he delivered a lecture to an audience of over 120 on the Rose Hill campus as part of the Campus Activity Board's "Fall Fest" weekend. The first twenty-five students to arrive at the Rose Hill lecture received free copies of Standard Operating Procedure, thanks to the the American Age Lecture Series/CAB. In addition to the American Studies Program and CAB, Gourevitch's visit was co-sponsored by The Center on Religion and Culture; the Deans of Fordham College; the Departments of Communication and Media Studies, History, and English; and the programs in Literary Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, and Women’s Studies at Lincoln Center.

Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, and he covered the 2004 election for the magazine. In The New Yorker and elsewhere, he's published influential articles on a wide range of topics such as the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as profiles of figures as different as jailed Providence mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci and funk star James Brown. Most recently, Gourevitch had published a New Yorker article on politics and corruption in Alaska, which included the last interview Sarah Palin granted to a national journalist before she was chosen as John McCain's running mate.

His most well-known book to date, published in 1998, grew out of a series of New Yorker articles covering the genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath. Titled We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, it won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the George Polk Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Overseas Press Club Cornelius Ryan Award, the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award, and in England, The Guardian First Book Award. Gourevitch's second book, A Cold Case, is the gripping story of an unsolved murder in New York. He is also the editor of The Paris Review, one of the most prominent literary journals in the United States.    

At Fordham, Gourevitch spoke on issues raised by his most recent book. Standard Operating Procedure --written in collaboration with the filmmaker Errol Morris, whose movie of the same title came out in the spring and has been widely reviewed--was published in May. Based on extensive interviews with the soldiers who were there, it's a gripping and disturbing account of what happened at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2004, when the release of images of prisoner abuse shocked the world and forever changed the image of the United States around the globe. The book discusses the meaning of both the events and the photographs of the events, repeatedly and surprisingly showing that they don't simply reflect the reality of the situation.

Gourevitch's Rose Hill lecture drew an audience of over 120 faculty, students, and others, who heard him describe the policy decisions that led to the abuses at Abu Ghraib. A lively and wide-ranging discussion followed, in which Gourevitch answered questions about the politics and ethics of torture, the "war on terror," his techniques as a journalist and interviewer, and most poignantly, what one individual could do to respond to the events Gourevitch writes about.

After the lecture, Gourevitch signed copies of his books and continued the discussion with individual students and faculty.


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