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Before Borders: A Roundtable Discussion

January 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What was immigration and migration like before the advent of the modern border regime in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Dr. Stephanie DeGooyer discusses her new book Before Borders: A Legal and Literary History of Naturalization with a panel of experts from the fields of law, literature, and history.

María DeGuzmán is Eugene H. Falk Distinguished Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the UNC Latina/o Studies Program at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ([] She has published three scholarly books: Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (Minnesota Press, 2005); Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press, 2012); and Understanding John Rechy (University of South Carolina Press, 2019) as well as many articles and essays on LatinX lived experiences and cultural productions. She is also a conceptual photographer, creative writer, and music composer.

David Armitage is a British historian who has written on international and intellectual history, most recently Civil Wars: A History in Ideas. He is chair of the history department and Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University.

Deidre Shauna Lynch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University and author of Loving Literature: A Cultural History and The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning.

Colin Yeo is an immigration barrister at Garden Court Chambers in the UK and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website. He is author of Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System.

Stephanie DeGooyer is assistant professor of literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is co-author of The Right to Have Rights and author Before Borders: A Legal and Literary History of Naturalization.


January 17
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm