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What is America for? A Panel on Immigration

March 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In recent years immigration has reached a flash point in American politics, from the failure of immigration reform in 2013 to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency last November and the implementation of his anti-immigrant executive orders. But how did it come to this, and where do we go from here?

Join The Point Magazine and Contratiempo for a panel discussion on immigration and the immigrant experience in America, in conjunction with the release of The Point Magazine’s “What is America for?” issue.

What do we mean when we speak of “open borders,” or say that “America is a nation of immigrants”? How do we define what it means to be American? Northwestern University history professor GERALDO CADAVA will be joining us along with Contratiempo founder, Point writer and author of the memoir “Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant,” JOSÉ ÁNGEL N. and poet and archivist JENNY PATINO CERVANTES.

The event will be held at LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST, a sanctuary church in Pilsen.

Doors at 6pm.
Panel begins at 6:30.

Featuring an art installation by ROBERTO MARTINEZ.

THE POINT is a magazine of philosophical writing that embodies two convictions: on the one hand, that humanistic thinking has relevance for contemporary life; on the other, that our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about. The Point asks readers to participate in a dialogue between diverse intellectual traditions, personalities and points of view. The goal is a society where the examined life is not an abstract ideal but an everyday practice.

CONTRATIEMPO is a nonprofit literary and publishing center whose mission is to preserve and highlight the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking Latino population of the United States. Contratiempo fulfills its mission by publishing revista contratiempo, conducting creative writing workshops, promoting Spanish-language literature written in Chicago through its Ediciones Vocesueltas imprint, and working collaboratively with other educational, literary and cultural organizations to present events related to this mission.

This event was made possible thanks to a grant from Illinois Humanities.


March 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Point Magazine


Lincoln United Methodist Church
2009 W 22nd Pl
Chicago, IL 60608 United States
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