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Tracking Hemispheric Violence through the Experiences of Nicaraguan Refugees
Tracking Hemispheric Violence through the Experiences of Nicaraguan Refugees
Dr. Jennifer Goett
In 2018, the Nicaraguan government repressed mass protests, forcing some 100,000 people into political exile. This lecture examines the experiences of refugees who fled to Costa Rica and the United States as an entry point for understanding webs of hemispheric violence rooted in capitalist accumulation and regional security and immigration policy. Refugees’ stories suggest that dominant narratives about the crisis elide the root causes of violence and any real vision of a more just future for the Americas.

Jennifer Goett is Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University and author of Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism (Stanford 2016). Her work examines grassroots social movements, state violence, land dispossession, and infrastructure megaprojects in Central America. Her most recent project focuses on Nicaraguan asylum seekers in Costa Rica and the United States. In addition, she works as a pro bono expert witness for asylum cases in U.S. immigration court.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 05/06/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00