Deportation Under the Lens: What It Means, Where It Now Stands

Americans today have been bearing witness to a new upsurge in deportation, the forced removal of immigrants, refugees, or other “foreigners” out of the country in which they reside or to which they have fled.  As a changed national leadership in the United States has shifted removal efforts into higher gear, fiery controversies have ensued, and accusations have flown.   Our panel, and the photo exhibit it opens, seek a concrete, sober, thoroughly contextualized understanding of what this new deportation has meant.  We seek to fathom especially what it has entailed for deportees themselves, but also what it continues to mean for the rest of us, as Long Islanders and American citizens.    Through Rachel Woolf’s account of assembling award-winning photographic exhibition, through scholarly analysis and perspective, also through summaries provided by those closely following deportation’s impacts on Long Island itself, our panel illuminates the multifaceted significance of deportation in our own here-and-now.
This panel as well as the exhibit are open to the public.   Please register here if you are planning on attending the panel.
A Public Panel on the Occasion of the 
East-Coast Opening of the Photo Exhibit “Deported”
at Stony Brook University
When: September 26, 2018, 1-2:30 pm
Sponsorship: Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy, and the Stony Brook Libraries
Christopher Sellers, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy
Rachel Woolf, Photographer, “Deported”
Nancy Hiemstra, Geographer; Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Author of Deportation and Detention (forthcoming, 2019)
Irma Solis, New York Civil Liberties Union (Suffolk County)
Richard Koubek, Long Island Jobs with Justice
Further Discussion with Audience.

Deported: An American Division

Featuring the Photography of Rachel Woolf

Curated by Annalise Taylor
An ART WORKS Project
When: September 24-October 26, 2018
Where: Central Reading Room, Melville Library, Stony Brook University
Sponsorship: Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy, and the Stony Brook Libraries
For this project, Woolf followed Lourdes Salazar Bautista in the days immediately leading up to and following her deportation hearing in Detroit summer 2017. After living in Ann Arbor for the past 20 years, Bautista was deported to Mexico, and her two younger children (both born in the U.S.) accompanied her. Woolf recently traveled to Mexico to follow up with the Bautistas, providing a much needed addition to the story of deportation – what happens to families after they are forcibly removed from their home in the U.S. and forced to start over elsewhere.

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