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Abrazos filmmaker Luis Argueta

Screening of ABRAZOS and Discussion with Filmmaker Luis Argueta


Tuesday, January 27
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511


Wednesday, January 28
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons


Acclaimed filmmaker Luis Argueta joins us to present his new film, ABRAZOS, which tells the story of the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions, and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity.

See the trailer below, or visit the documentary website here:

ABRAZOS trailer (English) from Luis Argueta on Vimeo.

Co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, the Latin American Studies Program, the Arts & Social Responsibility Project, and the Immigrant Integration Lab at the Boston College School of Social Work.

View or print the flyer for ABRAZOS »


“We Took The Children Away”: The Story of Australia’s Stolen Generations

Wednesday, January 28
12:00 p.m.
Stuart 410

Boston College Newton campus

With Tony Buti, member of the Western Australian Parliament.

For the first six decades of the 20th Century, Australian Governments endorsed and participated in the systematic removal of thousands of Aboriginal children from their families to be raised “white”. This seminar examines the history, laws and politics of the Stolen Generations story. Further, the demands for reparations and subsequent court cases and government responses will be discussed.

Dr. Tony Buti is a member of the Western Australian Parliament and a honorary fellow at The University of Western Australia and Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University. He is a former attorney at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia and Professor at The University of Western Australia Law School.

Lady Justice holding a sword and scale. On one side of the scale is the flag for the Third Reich.

Legally Blind: Law, Ethics, and the Third Reich

Tuesday, March 10–Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Boston College

Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

This conference will focus on Nazi Law as it impacts upon civil law, race, medicine, and religion. This event is free and open to the public. Register online by March 6, 2015.

View schedule and register for Legally Blind »



Book discussion: Immigration Outside the Law

Thursday, March 26
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511

With Professor of Law Hiroshi Motomura of UCLA.

Prof. Motomura joins us to discuss his latest book, Immigration Outside the Law.

About the book:

In 1975, Texas adopted a law allowing school districts to bar children from public schools if they were in the United States unlawfully. The US Supreme Court responded in 1982 with a landmark decision, Plyler v. Doe, that kept open the schoolhouse doors, allowing these children to get the education that state law would have denied. The Court established a child's constitutional right to attend public elementary and secondary schools, regardless of immigration status. With Plyler, three questions emerged that have remained central to the national conversation about immigration outside the law: What does it mean to be in the country unlawfully? What is the role of state and local governments in dealing with unauthorized migration? Are unauthorized migrants "Americans in waiting?"

Today, as the United States weighs immigration reform, debates over "illegal" or "undocumented" immigrants have become more polarized than ever. In Immigration Outside the Law, acclaimed immigration law expert Hiroshi Motomura, author of the award-winning Americans in Waiting, offers a framework for understanding why these debates are so contentious. In a reasoned, lucid, and careful discussion, he explains the history of unauthorized migration, the sources of current disagreements, and points the way toward durable answers. In his refreshingly fair-minded analysis, Motomura explains the complexities of immigration outside the law for students and scholars, policy-makers looking for constructive solutions, and anyone who cares about this contentious issue.



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