Jill Anderson presents her new book Los Otros Dreamers on September 28th at the AVAYA Auditorium from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. The event will be preceded by a reception from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the AVAYA Auditorium lobby.
Los Otros Dreamers is about young people who have been deported or made the decision to return to Mexico due to obstacles faced in the US. The book is partially based off Anderson's postdoctoral research while at the Center for North American Studies-UNAM. The book features 26 testimonios written in the preferred languages of the people (English, Spanish, or Spanglish) and then translated into English or Spanish. Three stories are also translated into indigenous languages. Each story includes a full-page color portrait along with pictures of the families, homes and landscapes these Dreamers are now experiencing.
The presentation will include remarks by Carlos González-Gutiérrez, the Consul General of Mexico in Austin, and commentary by Shannon Speed, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies.
The Avaya Auditorium is located in the Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Building, at 24th and Speedway. Parking is available at the San Jacinto Garage, 2401 San Jacinto, and the Speedway Garage, 105 E. 27th Street.
Jill Anderson is an independent researcher-activist in Mexico City. Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a doctorate in English, she has worked in non-profit and academic settings. Anderson specializes in transnational cultural studies, global migration, and human rights. She currently collaborates with L@s Otr@s Dreamers Collective, Dream in Mexico A.C., Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Promoción de la Cultura de Díalogo A.C., and others.
Daniel Arenas was born in Guanajuato and lived in United States for 14 years. He returned to Mexico after finishing high school. He studied for a degree in International Relations from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey. In 2011, he graduated and founded Dream in Mexico A.C. with other students from the same campus.
Azul Uribe is a 30 something, bi-national (at heart) who speaks on returnee issues. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and currently resides in Merida, Mexico with her cat Chloe. She believes everything tastes better with some aguacate, you can read her personal writing over at www.happycosmopolite.wordpress.com. Uribe will present virtually because she is currently barred from travel to the United States due to an automatic ten-year ban.
Carlos González-Guitiérrez was appointed by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and was ratified by the Senate, to act as Consul General of Mexico in Austin, Texas. He holds a B. A. degree in Foreign Relations from El Colegio de México and a Masters degree in Foreign Relations from the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1987, serving in both Mexico and the United States. He is the author of several publications about the relations between the government of Mexico and its community in the United States of America.
Shannon Speed (Chickasaw) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked for the last two decades in Mexico, and her research and teaching interests include indigenous politics, human rights, neoliberalism, gender, indigenous migration, and activist research. Her recent research is on indigenous Latin American women migrants and gender violence, and she is currently completing a book entitled, States of Violence: Indigenous Women Migrants and Human Rights in the Era of Neoliberal Multicriminalism.
Sponsored by: The Humanities Insititute through the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship, Department of English, Center for Mexican and Mexican American Studies, The US-Mexico Foundation, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin