At a time when justice can seem far away, a very distant American ideal, we need to envision it. We need to ask what true justice looks like and how we make it happen. We need to re-tell and re-articulate the stories and statements of justice that have informed and inspired movements for change throughout American history, and we need to generate new stories and statements that give us strength and hope in our present struggles.
Adam Goodman is an assistant professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research and teaching interests include migration history and policy; Mexican American and Latina/o history; border and borderlands history; and recent U.S., Mexican, and Central American history. He is the author of The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, forthcoming).
We hope you will consider presenting a lesson or project that builds on the theme of the changing narrative of American identity and migration. Consider presentations or panels that address related issues — past and present, local or national, from an historical or literary perspective. Presenters are invited to submit individually or collaborate with other participants. The deadline for proposals is December 20.