February, 2021

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 | 03:00 pm

Why Democrats and Republicans in Congress Work Together to Press President Eisenhower in 1954 to Overthrow Jacobo Árbenz

David Lindwall , Second-Year Masters Degree Student, LAII

David Lindwall will talk about the fall of the progressive government of Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz in 1954 and why Democrats and Republicans in the United States Congress joined forces to support the Eisenhower Administration's use of the CIA to remove Árbenz. The story of Congressional involvement, which is the subject of Lindwall's MA thesis, has been understated in the literature on the 1954 revolution and is a case study of how foreign policy decisions are driven by many players with differing motivations. Lindwall will also talk about the process of researching and writing a thesis, as well as discussing jobs in the United States Foreign Service.


Tuesday, February 09, 2021 | 06:00 pm

Brazilian Rap and the Grammar of the Black Existence

Paulo Dutra, Author, Poet

This talk examines the most famous Brazilian rap group Racionais Mc’s artistic production in order to explore their poetically crafted understanding of how people of African descent experience and negotiate their existence in Brazil.


Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation

Karma R. Chávez (University of Texas at Austin) and Eithne Luibhéid (The University of Arizona)

LGBTQ migrants in the United States and around the world often lack documentation and consistently risk detention and deportation. Eithne Luibhéid and Karma R. Chávez discuss how and why they created an edited collection that explores how LGBTQ migrants and allies negotiate, resist, refuse and critique these processes while working to build futures that foster thriving for all.


Friday, February 12, 2021 | 02:00 pm

Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers

Eli R. Wilson , Sociology Department, the University of New Mexico

Two unequal worlds of work exist within the upscale restaurant scene of Los Angeles. White, college-educated servers operate in the front of the house—also known as the public areas of the restaurant—while Latino immigrants toil in the back of the house and out of customer view. In Front of the House, Back of the House, Eli Revelle Yano Wilson shows us what keeps these workers apart, exploring race, class, and gender inequalities in the food service industry.