Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm
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S250, CGIS South, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Downwind, Downhill, Downstream: Binational Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLS) invites you to a lecture by Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies, Harvard FAS, as part of the Tuesday Seminar Series. Moderated by Fernando Bizzarro, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS.

In the U.S.-Mexico border region, environmental emergencies – from wildfires to floods to toxic spills – are not circumscribed by jurisdictional boundaries and rescue operations unfold on the binational scale. Therefore, government policies aimed at fortifying and militarizing the border (including the construction of walls) undermine old partnerships between Mexican and American emergency services and thus threaten the safety and wellbeing of residents on both sides of the international divide. Based on ethnographic research in northern Mexico and southern U.S., this talk examines what happens when two security paradigms with very different approaches to space become misaligned.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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