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Saturday, October 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
America's Original Sin: Racism

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Some say that slavery is America’s original sin--a grave crime that cast a hereditary stain on Americans through the generations. The three works considered in this session offer solid evidence to confirm that racism is alive today, but offer glimpses of hope nonetheless. Jabari Asim, in We Can’t Breathe, shows how the past informs the present in essays that explore black experience “with a voice that is both compelling and convincing,” according to Kirkus Reviews. In The Injustice Never Leaves You, Monica Muñoz-Martinez relates how vigilantes and officers of the law killed Mexican residents of Texas with impunity between 1910 and 1920 and how the violence lingered in those communities for generations. Laura Wides-Muñoz, in The Making of a Dream, tells the stories of five young undocumented activists whose own stories intersect with the watershed events of the last two decades, from 9/11, to the “Dream Acts” during the Obama presidency, to the rebirth of the anti-immigrant right and the election of Donald Trump. Participate in this important and timely conversation on a problem that just won’t go away, moderated by WBUR’s Maria Garcia, senior editor of the ARTery. Sponsored by Harvard University Press.

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Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia is the senior editor of The ARTery, WBUR's Arts and Culture Team. She oversees WBUR's arts coverage for the radio and the web. Garcia came to Boston from New York City where she earned a master of arts in journalism, with a focus on arts and culture reporting, from Columbia... Read More →

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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is a writer and educator who has been writing about the African American experience for decades. Asim is a former editor at the Washington Post (a position he held for eleven years) and was the editor in chief at The Crisis, the primary publication of the NAACP, from 2007... Read More →
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Monica Muñoz Martinez

Monica Muñoz Martinez is an assistant professor of American studies at Brown University, where she teaches courses in Latinx studies, immigration, histories of violence, histories of policing, and public memory in US history. She was selected for a prestigious Carnegie Fellowship... Read More →
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Laura Wides-Muñoz

Laura Wides-Muñoz has built a successful and award-winning career reporting on immigration and Latinx lives in America and around the world. She has reported on the Guatemalan Civil War, Cuba, and the Hispanic affairs beat for the Associated Press, which earned her a managing editor... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Trinity Forum 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116, USA