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September 21: Aviva Chomsky, “How Immigration Became Illegal”

Aviva ChomksyAviva Chomsky is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies, Salem State University. She will discuss the problem of undocumentedness from a humanitarian, historical, legal, and political economy perspective. Why has illegality become such a hot-button issue in the twenty-first century, and how can we understand current debates from a historically critical perspective.

Professor Chomsky’s academic interests include the Cuban Revolution, the coal industry in Colombia, and, recently, immigration in the US. Her work for the United Farm Workers in the 1970s led her to study the history of labor movements, immigration and migrant workers, and how people organize for social change. Continue reading