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Shannon Lecture #3: “Sanctuary’s Unruly Subjects: Dissidents, Fugitives, and Exiles in Post-Civil Rights America” with Aimee Villarreal

November 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location:Woodside Hall in the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Key Contact:History Department
Contact Phone:613-520-2828

Aimee Villareal poster7 PM Woodside Hall in the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa and online.

Reading Indigenous and Chicanx histories of resistance alongside the 1980s sanctuary movements. I compare the sanctuary pursuits of two Civil Rights era radicals: Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and Francisco Martinez, a Chicano activist attorney affiliated with Crusade for Justice. Both men were accused of committing crimes related to their participation in ethnic nationalist movements in the 1970s that the U.S. government deemed subversive. Banks and Martinez were political dissidents made into fugitives, refugees, and exiles around the same time that hundreds of thousands of Central Americans fled revolutions tainted by U.S. military interventions. Their experiences of domestic refugeedom upend categories of national belonging and conventional notions of the “good sanctuary subject” while revealing unruly sanctuary/escapes across state lines, tribal territories, and national borders.

Aimee M. Villarreal is an assistant professor of anthropology at Texas State University. As a Chicana with roots in New Mexico and Texas, she descends from farmworkers, faith healers, educators, and community workers whose collective spirit she brings to her teaching, scholarship, and creative projects. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on sanctuary practices, movements, and other radical acts of rebeldía for social justice, equity, and sustainable futures in the US-Mexico borderlands. Villarreal was part of the creative team that made the award-winning documentary animation, Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Río Grande (2014). Her forthcoming book Sanctuaryscapes in the New Mexico Borderlands: Movements and Revivals Across the Secular-Religious Divide (2024), tells time-traveling stories about how people form bonds of solidarity, protection, and care in moments of social and political crisis.

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