Fri, Feb 16 at 7 p.m. | 90 minutes
Dangerous Aliens: The Politics of Fear & Loathing in the 21st Century
Taught by Phelim Kine
Refugees. Immigrants. Religious minorities. LGBT people. These are some of the targets of a new strain of populist demagogue exploiting concerns about globalization, technological change and economic dislocation to propagate a toxic narrative of victimized majorities besieged by dangerous minorities. The thread that binds Brexit, Burma and Steve Bannon is a politics of increasingly violent exclusion backed by a weaponized Internet and a dismissal of the concept of universal human rights. Join the resistance as Hunter College Adjunct Professor Phelim Kine lays out the threats at home and abroad and strategizes how to confront them.
Immigrant Rights and the Illusion of the American Dream
Taught by Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario
On January 11, 2018, the President of the United States asked lawmakers why the United States continued to allow the immigration of "people from shithole countries" into the United States. These and other statements from the administration are emblematic of the increased threat on immigrant lives, including of DREAMers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status, the concept of the American Dream continues to erode. Come learn about the work of immigrant artists and activists across the country who are using the arts and creativity to educate the public on immigration rights. At this Think Olio, participants will explore how communities are mobilizing and winning around the Clean Dream Act, providing a legislative solution for over two million youth and young adult immigrants.