TITLE: Place and the Politics of Belonging
SPEAKER: Debra Lattanzi Shutika
EVENT DATE: 2010/08/12
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 38 minutes
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One of America's greatest ironies is that, although a nation of immigrants, the country also has a longstanding history of ambivalence, and at times hostility, toward its newest arrivals. In the last decade, the increased number of immigrants living in new destinations, those settlements located outside the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, has coincided with an upsurge in local anti-immigrant sentiment.
Speaker Biography: Debra Lattanzi Shutika teaches courses in Myth and Literature and Ethnographic Writing in the English Department of George Mason University. She earned a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She has done ethnographic research in the Mexican community in the town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and in the hometown of many of its residents, Textitlan, Guanajuato, Mexico. This research is the subject of her forthcoming book from University of California Press: Beyond the Borderlands: Mexican Migration, New Destinations, and the Sense of Place. In addition to teaching, she is currently directing a study of immigration and assimilation in Northern Virginia at George Mason University. She writes a blog focusing on ethnographic perspectives on US immigration issues: The Gringa.
SERIES: Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series