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Cuba & the U.S.: Tides of Change

Tuesday, October 13
Gasson 305

With Ariel Dacal Díaz, Popular Educator, Cuba

Ariel Dacal Díaz, a popular educator from Cuba, will speak on U.S.-Cuban relations, past and present, and the gains of the Revolution that Cubans are committed to preserving.

Since 2008, Ariel has been part of the Popular Education team at El Centro Memorial Martin Luther King, Jr. in Havana, Cuba. He  designs, coordinates and systematizes training spaces for social  actors in Cuba and abroad. He works specifically training in participation, politics and power, community work, communications, gender, group work, and group coordination.   He has conducted  research and facilitated popular education workshops in 22  countries, and has written extensively on popular education and social movements.  Born in Camagüey, Cuba, he obtained a Master's in Contemporary History, and a doctorate in Historical Sciences from the University of Havana, Cuba.  

Tour organized by Witness for Peace New England.

See the event flyer here.

Event co-sponsored by the International Studies Dept.,  The Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction Dept. at the Lynch School of Education, and the BC Organization for Latin American Affairs (OLAA).

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Books Launch & Discussion:

  • The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s

  • The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses

Monday, November 16
Devlin 101

With Marilynn Johnson, BC Professor of History and author of The New Bostonians, and;

Center Associate Directors Brinton Lykes, BC Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology; and Daniel Kanstroom, BC Professor of Law, co-editors of The New Deportations Delirium

Come out for this special event launching two new books exploring different facets of the life of the immigrant in the US and in the Boston area!

About The New Bostonians:

Among the most consequential pieces of Great Society legislation, the Immigration Act of 1965 opened the nation’s doors to large-scale immigration from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A half century later, the impact of the “new immigration” is evident in the transformation of the country’s demographics, economy, politics, and culture, particularly in urban America. 

In The New Bostonians, Marilynn S. Johnson examines the historical confluence of recent immigration and urban transformation in greater Boston, a region that underwent dramatic decline after World War II. Since the 1980s, the Boston area has experienced an astounding renaissance—a development, she argues, to which immigrants have contributed in numerous ways. From 1970 to 2010, the percentage of foreign-born residents of the city more than doubled, representing far more diversity than earlier waves of immigration. Like the older Irish, Italian, and other European immigrant groups whose labor once powered the region’s industrial economy, these newer migrants have been crucial in re-building the population, labor force, and metropolitan landscape of the New Boston, although the fruits of the new prosperity have not been equally shared. - See more at:

About The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses:

Since 1996, when the deportation laws were hardened, millions of migrants to the U.S., including many long-term legal permanent residents with “green cards,” have experienced summary arrest, incarceration without bail, transfer to remote detention facilities, and deportation without counsel—a life-time banishment from what is, in many cases, the only country they have ever known. U.S.-based families and communities face the loss of a worker, neighbor, spouse, parent, or child. Many of the deported are “sentenced home” to a country which they only knew as an infant, whose language they do not speak, or where a family lives in extreme poverty or indebtedness for not yet being able to pay the costs of their previous migration. But what does this actually look like and what are the systems and processes and who are the people who are enforcing deportation policies and practices? The New Deportations Delirium responds to these questions.

Taken as a whole, the volume raises consciousness about the complexities of the issues and argues for the interdisciplinary dialogue and response. Over the course of the book, deportation policy is debated by lawyers, judges, social workers, researchers, and clinical and community psychologists as well as educators, researchers, and community activists. The New Deportations Delirium presents a fresh conversation and urges a holistic response to the complex realities facing not only migrants but also the wider U.S. society in which they have sought a better life.