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Concentration Camps: Then and Now

  • Franklin Humanities Institute 30 Maxwell Ave Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

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The following event information was gathered from the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University’s website.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105


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Rogers, Sarah



Andrea Pitzer, Jonathan Katz, and Roxana Bendezú, moderated by Brian Goldstone

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This moderated discussion will examine the consequences and historical antecedents of immigrant detention in the United States. Featuring Andrea Pitzer (One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps), Roxana Bendezú (Migrant Roots Media), and Jonathan M. Katz (The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster), the event aims to shed light on the human toll of the Trump administration's treatment of migrants and asylum seekers at the southern border while also scrutinizing the vocabulary we use to describe such practices. To what extent can America's current system of mass detention-the confinement, on an ever expanding scale, of civilians without trial or due process-be likened to the concentration camps of previous eras, and what are the moral and political stakes of this comparison? What lessons might the longer history of internment and detention, in North America and beyond, offer us in confronting today's sanctioned violence toward those seeking refuge in the United States?

This event is part of In the Press, a new journalism and public humanities writing initiative at the Franklin Humanities Institute, directed by journalist and anthropologist Brian Goldstone.  

Earlier Event: October 22
Imagining a Just Immigration Policy forum