The New World Border: Lecture and Q&A with author Stephanie Elizondo Griest

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The New World Border: Lecture and Q&A with author Stephanie Elizondo Griest

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The New World Border: Lecture and Q&A with author Stephanie Elizondo Griest

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.

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Hahn University Center, 107

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home–only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation’s foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. Before Elizondo Griest moved to the New York/Canada borderlands, the frequency of these tragedies seemed like a terrible coincidence. Once she began to meet Mohawks from the Akwesasne Nation, however, she recognized striking parallels to life on the southern border. Having lost their land through devious treaties, their mother tongues at English-only schools, and their traditional occupations through capitalist ventures, Tejanos and Mohawks alike struggle under the legacy of colonialism. Toxic industries surround their neighborhoods while the U.S. Border Patrol militarizes them. Combating these forces are legions of artists and activists devoted to preserving their indigenous cultures. Complex belief systems, meanwhile, conjure miracles. Elizondo Griest weaves seven years  of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of several award-winning memoirs. She won the 2007 Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting and edited Best Women’s Travel Writing. A dedicated teacher, Griest has taught at more than a dozen writer’s conferences as well as at literary organizations. She is currently Associate Professor and Margaret Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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