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2019 Distinguished Lecture:  Racial Borders

Tendayi Achiume

The Tanner for Human Rights Center in collaboration with the School for Cultural and Social Transformation

2019 Distinguished Lecture: Racial Borders
Hinckley Caucus Room, Gardner Commons 2055
February 11, 2019
7:00 PM

E. Tendayi Achiume presents on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

E. Tendayi Achiume is currently an Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Law and a research associate of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2017, she was appointed to be UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, the first woman to fill this role.

With the rise in xenophobia and racism, countries have taken action, including through the United Nations, to combat discrimination and intolerance. Yet there is no serious attention to how all national borders operate with racialized effect. This talk draws attention to the genealogy of national borders as colonial instruments of racialized exclusion and explores contemporary effects—immigration laws and policies, alongside institutional racism—of this pernicious colonial history. 

This event is free and open to the public.

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