Anxiety, Fear and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Latino Power in the US
Neil Foley explores how the surge in immigration since the 1970s has led to increasing levels of xenophobia resulting in anti-immigrant politics and policies, including militarization of the border, state laws curtailing rights of undocumented immigrants, mass detention and deportation, the building of a 700-mile border fence in 2006, and Donald Trump’s recent promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. With over a million U.S.-born Latinos turning 18 years of age every year and therefore eligible to vote, many aging whites wonder if American can ever be ‘great again.’
Foley is the Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University. He the author of Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity and Mexicans and the Making of America, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2015.
Date: 14 March 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, NAB
Speaker: Neil Foley, Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History at Southern Methodist University
Event Chair: Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre