We thank the 98 people in the house last Tuesday in the WGSS Program for our annual endowed Yulee Symposium: Gender, Race, and Migration! Two path-breaking scholars gave brilliant, illuminating, and inspiring talks: Distinguished Professor of Ethnic Studies at UCSD Yen Le Espiritu and Lorgia García-Peña, Associate Professor of LatinX Studies at Harvard. We honored the lives of the Asian American women killed in Atlanta; we articulated our collective grief at the racist and misogynistic violence, and we talked about modes of survival, hope, and rebuilding. Professor Espiritu centered Vietnamese American refugees' art as a critical and revolutionary practice articulating new visions of kinship, deconstructing the mass media objectification of refugees in photojournalism, and creating a counter-archive that humanizes and makes visible refugee experience. Professor García-Pena discussed the colonialist legacies of Black Latina migrants' representations in public culture in Italy, and the disenfranchisement of people of color by the racist contours of Italian citizenship laws.
If you missed this event, watch the recording!