Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - "Not 'A Nation of Immigrants'"

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 3:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Roxanne Dunbar

Join us for a conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on her newest work, Not 'A Nation of Immigrants': Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion. She will be joined in discussion by Harsha Walia.

Presented in partnership with UChicago International House

Virtual Event

Click HERE to attend

Webinar ID: 982 2701 5289
Webinar Passcode: IHouse

About the book: Whether in political debates or discussions about immigration around the kitchen table, many Americans, regardless of party affiliation, will say proudly that we are a nation of immigrants. In this bold new book, Not "A Nation of Immigrants" historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz asserts this ideology is harmful and dishonest because it serves to mask and diminish the US’s history of settler colonialism, genocide, white supremacy, slavery, and structural inequality, all of which we still grapple with today. While some of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, others are descendants of white settlers who arrived as colonizers to displace those who were here since time immemorial, and still others are descendants of those who were kidnapped and forced here against their will. This paradigm shifting new book from the highly acclaimed author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States charges that we need to stop believing and perpetuating this simplistic and a historical idea and embrace the real (and often horrific) history of the United States.

About the author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma in a tenant farming family. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than 4 decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Dunbar-Ortiz is the winner of the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, and is the author or editor of many books, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, a recipient of the 2015 American Book Award. She lives in San Francisco. Connect with her at reddirtsite.com or on Twitter @rdunbaro.

About the interlocutor: Harsha Walia is the award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism and, most recently, Border and Rule. Trained in the law, she is a community organizer and campaigner in migrant justice, feminist, anti-capitalist, abolitionist, and anti-imperialist movements.

Event Location: 
Virtual