February 2017

February 7, 2017: Surveillance and People’s Resistance.  An interview with the Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s Grassroots Advocacy Director Shahid Buttar about the extent and breadth of surveillance and the urgency of people’s resistance.

February 14, 2017: The rise of authoritarianism, the United States, and Chile.  An interview with UCSC Associate Professor Fernando Leiva of Latin American and Latino Studies about the parallels between the rise of authoritarianism in Chile during the dictatorship and the United States today and the assassination of his uncle Orlando Letelier by Pinochet in Washington DC.

February 21, 2017: Citizens and Non-Citizens: Marshallese migrants to Arkansas. An interview with Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow Dr. Emily Mitchell-Eaton.  She is the postdoctoral fellow in Non-citizenship at the Chicano Latino Research Center at the University of California Santa Cruz. We discussed her research on migration from the Marshall Islands to Arkansas and covered topics like citizenship, militarism, migration, settlement patterns,and concerns about a rise in xenophobic or anti-immigrant sentiment in the current political climate.

February 28, 2017: A Memoir about home, mothers, love, memory, and Tibet.  An interview with author Tsering Wangmo about her book Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging (2015).  Wangmo is the 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow in Non-citizenship at the Chicano Latino Research Center and a PhD Candidate in Literature here at UC Santa Cruz.  We discussed Tibet, the loss of her mother, and the plight of refugees and people living in exile today.