The Department of Geography and Urban Studies presents The Benjamin H. Kohl Social Justice Lecture co-sponsored by Global Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Please join us for a lecture by Melissa W. Wright, Penn State University, titled "Border Walls, Borderland Thinking, and Living la Vida Fronteriza".
Dr. Wright is a Professor of Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. Her lecture will examine how opposition to the Wall and the policies behind it has gained steam through “border thinking,” and the environmental and social justice coalitions inspired by it, that seek to protect “la vida fronteriza” (border life) across the diverse border landscape. Through their alliances that merge advocacies for human rights, immigrant well-being, and environmental stewardship, anti-Wall coalitions have formed powerful campaigns that have raised significant challenges for Trump’s Wall agenda and the policies aligned with it.