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Borders and Movement Series Part Two: U.S. Foreign Policy, Refugees, & Immigrants

September 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Borders and Movement, a two-part community discussion led by the University of Louisville’s Cultural Center’s Hispanic and Latino Initiatives and La Casita Center

Part 2: “U.S. Foreign Policy, Refugees, & Immigrants” presented by Dr. Theresa Keeley

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2-3:30pm
Grand Hall, FREE with admission, part of Sunday Showcase.

Join us for an in-depth discussion on U.S. and Central America relations and transnational activism. Dr. Keeley will explain how the current migration problem is not an isolated event, but the result of U.S. military intervention and U.S. policy toward Central America more generally. Beginning with a focus on U.S. policy in the 1980s, Dr. Keeleywill lead the conversation towards a broader focus on migration.

Dr. Keeley’s talk will be followed by a discussion led by Sarah C. Nuñez, Assistant Director of the Cultural Center at the University of Louisville and Karina Barillas, Director of La Casita Center, incorporating community members. This discussion will focus on responses to U.S. immigration policy.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Speed exhibition Yinka Shonibare CBE: The American Library. This exhibition is co-presented with 21c Museum Hotel.

The “Borders and Movement” series was organized in partnership with La Casita Center, and the University of Louisville’s Cultural Center’s Hispanic and Latino Initiatives, the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Department for Latin American and Latino Studies.



About Dr. Theresa Keeley:
Theresa Keeley is an Assistant Professor of U.S. and the World at the University of Louisville. Her first book project is under conrtact with Cornell University Press.  Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns: Intra-Catholic Conflict and U.S.-Central America Relations examines how debates among U.S. and Central American Catholics over the meaning of Catholic identity shaped Ronald Reagan’s policies toward Central America. Her teaching and research interests in human rights, religion, transnational movements, gender, and law draw on her experience as a human rights activist and attorney. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Sarah C. Nuñez:
Sarah Nuñez is a 1.5 generation immigrant born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in North Carolina. She’s a cultural worker and healer, weaving storytelling, art, practice, and movement building throughout her work, research, organizing and activism. She has lived in Louisville for 4 years and works at the University of Louisville as Assistant Director of Cultural Center and a Lecturer with the University Honors College. She is also the Core Team Leader with Louisville Latino Education Outreach Project, Co-Director or Louisville Latinx Oral History Project and an organizer with Mijente. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University as well as Bachelors in Art in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNC-Asheville.  She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Counseling & Personnel Services (College Student Personnel) at the University of Louisville.

About Karina Barillas:
Karina Barillas is a native from Guatemala. Through a Fulbright scholarship in 1996, Karina earned her BA, with a minor in English, Psychology and Education, at the University of Louisville. She received her Masters in Education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2002. Karina worked for eight years advocating, accompanying and supporting Latina victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at the Center for Women and Families. She is one of the co-founders and currently works as the Executive Director for La Casita Center, a Community of Latinx Hospitality, unique in the state of Kentucky that enhances the well-being of Louisville’s Latino community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness. In April 2017 Barillas was awarded the University of Louisville Community Spirit Award by the College of Arts and Sciences. The Spanish Newspaper, Al Dia en America, awarded Karina as one of the three 2017 Most Outstanding Latin@s in Louisville. Most recently, in April 2018, the Community Foundation of Louisville named Karina one of the 13 “Forces of Good” in our community, honoring her work by featuring her work with a billboard.

About the Cultural Center at the University of Louisville:
The University of Louisville Cultural Center’s Hispanic and Latino Initiatives works to promote Latino student success through campus and community engagement, student coaching, leadership development, and cultural programming and events.

About La Casita Center:
La Casita Center enhances the well-being of Louisville’s Latinx community through education, empowerment, advocacy, and wellness. La Casita Center works intentionally to build a thriving community based on mutual support and respect.

About Latin American and Latino Studies:
Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Louisville is an interdisciplinary program that promotes an understanding and appreciation for the diverse cultures of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, with the ultimate objective of preparing students to become engaged citizens in our global society.

About the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society:
Established at the University of Louisville in academic year 1997, CCHS is charged with enhancing humanistic scholarship, research, creative activity, teaching, and public awareness at the University of Louisville, in the Louisville metropolitan area and, in collaboration with other universities, colleges, and humanities organizations, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To this end, the Center offers a variety of programs, some focused internally on faculty research, but many designed to appeal to the public and to help make the University a cultural center for the city and the Commonwealth.


Yinka Shonibare CBE
British-Nigerian, born 1962
The American Library, 2018
Hardback books, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, gold foiled names, headphones, interactive application
Installation view at The Cleveland Public Library. Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. July 14-September 30, 2018.
© Yinka Shonibare MBE. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art with funds from VIA Art Fund, Cleveland Public Library and The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund. Photography by Field Studio.


September 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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