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Alex Rivera: "Engineering the Border: Reimagining America"


Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:00 PM
Dane Smith Hall - Room 125

In his presentation, "Engineering the Border: Imagining America," Alex Rivera details the ways in which science, technology, and the law have been used during the first one hundred years of American border enforcement to "grow" the border, transforming it from a line in the sand to a vast legal matrix that now covers the entire country. As a new techno-legal network of border enforcement has emerged, so have new forms of resistance to it. This lecture includes cilps from his films, including Sleep Dealer, Why Cybraceros?, The Sixth Section, and The Borders Trilogy, and addresses themes of immigration, globalization, and technology.

Alex Rivera has been widely recognized for using digital media to explore issues of immigration and Latino identity. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Sundance/Annenberg Fellow, a USA Artists Fellow, and the 2012 Rothschild Lecturer in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. He has presented at Harvard, Brown, UCLA, University of Texas at Austin, New York University, Rutgers, Duke University and many other universities and colleges across the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored with the Department of Art and Art History, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Communication and Journalism, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, the Latin American Iberian Institute, El Centro de la Raza, and the Office for Student Affairs. For more information, please contact Rebecca Schreiber (rschreib@unm.edu) or Irene Vasquez (ivasquez@unm.edu).

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