The Un-American “Other”

The Feminist and Gender Studies Department presents “The Un-American ‘Other'” with Malone DeYoung and Susanna Penfield on Wednesday November 6, 2019 from 4-5 at Sacred Grounds.



Throughout history, the United States government has constructed human rights issues in ways that uphold American nationalism. By creating enemies out of non-US citizens, administrations justify violent action against those deemed “outsiders.” This talk will explore two areas of harmful construction: Human trafficking, discussed by Susanna, and US military intervention in Chile, discussed by Malone. In each example, the bodies of both victims and perpetrators become politicized by the US government. Anti-human trafficking efforts become anti-immigrant antagonism. The US military becomes a site to indoctrinate Latin American soldiers with heteronormative, white, middle-class values. Join us as we interrogate the harm caused by these constructions.



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–Annie Ireland, Editor-in-Chief

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