SUNY Geneseo is hosting a virtual session on their Anthropology of the US-Mexico Border program.
To learn about life in the Borderlands, this program spends two weeks in the historic Southwest city of Tucson, Arizona, in the middle of the iconic Sonoran Desert. Our objective is to explore the border region as a space of crossing and encounter, one where people's lives are shaped by migration and the many legal, economic, historical, and cultural factors that shape the migration experience. In Tucson we partner with BorderLinks, a nonprofit organization that "raises awareness about the impact of the border and immigration policies, and inspires action for social transformation." As a delegation with BorderLinks we will learn from local experts, including scholars, immigrants, artists, activists, and people in government agencies and humanitarian organizations. We learn first hand about the factors that drive people to risk their lives crossing the desert and see how the Southwest has been shaped by centuries of settler colonialism and migration. We observe Operation Streamline immigration court and join a humanitarian group leaving water for migrants crossing the desert, as well as visiting the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office, where efforts are made to identify the remains of migrants who have died. We visit an immigration detention center and learn about outreach to migrants who are detained. Excursions include a visit to the historic Barrio Viejo neighborhood, hiking in the Catalina Mountains, and a trip to the award-winning Sonora Desert Museum. On one day, students will serve as volunteers working with an organization that provides housing assistance to asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the United States and have been released from immigration custody.
More info on the program here: https://bit.ly/3fJMSxm
Register here: https://bit.ly/3dFZ7IZ
Monday, April 12 at 12:30pm to 1:30pmVirtual Event