The Complex History of Citizenship: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Presented by the ISBA Latino Affairs Committee and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Friday, September 25, 2020
1 hr. CLE
About the event
At the age of four, Dan-el Padilla Peralta arrived in New York City from the Dominican Republic. Initially, his family intended only to visit the city, but were forced to stay due to medical complications resulting from his mother's pregnancy. Eventually, seeing the vast benefits that America could offer their children, his parents made the choice to remain in New York City. Despite his undocumented status, the young boy rose from poverty and homelessness to obtain his Ph.D. and is now an Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University.
Dr. Padilla Peralta will discuss a range of historical and contemporary approaches to the dilemmas of citizenship. From immigration advocacy to the Movement for Black Lives, activists in the United States and throughout the world have drawn attention to the design and institutionalization of different forms of (unequal) citizenship. Dr. Padilla Peralta will map a history of citizenship as a concept and institution from the ancient Mediterranean world to the 21st century. Key questions for discussion will include: Who/what is a citizen? What are the social prerogatives and legal rights that come with citizenship, and how (in)consistent are these across time and space? Who is eligible to become a citizen? How are exclusion and marginalization wired into the historical legacies and present-day practice of citizenship? How is citizenship imagined and narrated?
Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Author
Who might enjoy this
This presentation will be of interest to anyone interested the historical and contemporary approaches to the dilemmas in citizenship.
This event is free to attend. Registration is required.
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