Eqbal Ahmad Annual Lecture Series

20th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Symposium

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Enemies of the State: Immigration Control, Mass Incarceration, and the Fight Back
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center for the 20th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture entitled Enemies of the State: Immigration Control, Mass Incarceration, and the Fight Back.

We are pleased to announce the following speakers:

Kelly Lytle Hernández is a professor of History and African American Studies as well as Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. She is the research lead for Million Dollar Hoods, which maps how much is spent on incarceration per neighborhood in Los Angeles County. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol (University of California Press, 2010) and recently published, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Fahd Ahmed is a grassroots organizer on the issues of racial profiling, immigrant justice, police accountability, national security, and educational justice over the last 17 years. He is the Executive Director of DRUM—Desis Rising Up & Moving of New York City where he has served in various capacities since 2000. DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives—from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice.

Then on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 10:00-12:00 in the FPH Main Lecture Hall, please join an activist panel continuing the conversation, entitled Resisting State Power and State Violence, Defending our Communities and Our Lives.

The Eqbal Committee has invited to the panel Maria Fernanda Cabello from Movimiento Cosecha (a movement of undocumented immigrant youth that propelled the recent protests in defense of DACA in Washington DC), Carl Lipscomb from BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration) in New York; and Diana Sierra from the local Pioneer Valley Workers Center.

These events are open to the public.

Previous Eqbal Ahmad Lecturers include Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kofi Annan, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Seymour Hersh, and Tariq Ali.

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Eqbal Ahmad

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor.

Professor Ahmad's faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work.

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