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Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the United States


  • International House 1414 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 USA (map)

Please pre-register for our conference on Nativism, White Power, and Anti-Immigrant Violence in the United States at the University of Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. No large bags or backpacks will be allowed into the Assembly Hall.

The event lineup is as follows:

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
5 to 5:15 PM: Welcome and Introductions, Prof. Ramón Gutiérrez, History Dept., University of Chicago

5 to 7 PM: Racist Violence: Past, Present, and Future

* Prof. Mia Bay, History Dept. University of Pennsylvania: “Color Line Violence in American History: Extra/legal, Extra/lethal”

* Prof. Kathleen Belew, History Dept. University of Chicago: “The White Power Movement Imagines the Future: Race War and Apocalypse”

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
9 to 11 AM: Xenophobia, White Supremacy and Anti-Immigrant Violence

* Dr. Carly Goodman, Postdoctoral Fellow, American Friends Service: “How John Tanton’s Network of Organizations Spread Anti-immigrant Extremism”

* Prof. Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, History Dept., Western Carolina University: “White Women’s Narratives of Integration and Immigration: Supremacist or Not?”

* Prof. Leo Chavez, Anthropology Dept., University of California, Irvine: “Xenophobic Nightmares and Immigration Reform: Historical and Contemporary Narratives of Fear”

11:30 AM to 1 PM: Immigrants and the State’s Deportation Machine

* Prof. Jessica Ordaz, Ethnic Studies Dept., University of Colorado, Boulder: “Immigration, Detention, and Death: Interrogating California’s Deportation Regime”

* Prof. Juan Perea, Loyola School of Law: “Deportation and Exclusion as a Defense of White Nationhood”

3 PM to 5 PM: The White Power Movement: Organization, Recruitment, Membership, and Visions of Alternative Futures

* Prof. Joseph Lowndes, Dept. of Political Science, University of Oregon: “From Pat Buchanan to Donald Trump: The Emergence of Populist Nativism in the GOP”

* Prof. Michele White, Dept. of Communication, Tulane University: “How the Men’s Rights Movement and White Supremacists Appropriate the Civil Rights Movement”

* Prof. Nicole Hemmer, History Dept., University of Virginia: “The alt-right in Charlottesville: How an online movement became a real-world Presence”

5 PM to 6 PM: Closing Session

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, the Franke Institute, the Global Studies Mobility Project, and International House Global Voices.