Posted Sep 6, 2017
Last week, the Aoki Center held its annual Critical Perspectives on First Year Courses Speaker Series, featuring discussions by King Hall Professors Angela Harris, Brian Soucek, Gabriel "Jack" Chin, and Lisa Pruitt. Dean Kevin Johnson, who attended one of the events, reflected on the importance of the series and its impact on King Hall students' education. You can read Dean Johnson's thoughts here.
Posted Aug 22, 2013
In July 2013, King Hall students participated in the Inside Out/11M project in Sacramento. The purpose of Inside Out/11M is to celebrate the history of immigration in the United States and to encourage our community to support a path to citizenship for our neighbors, friends, colleagues and loved ones. Inside Out/11M is a new national effort created by award winning artist JR and the Inside Out Project to create a portrait of the United States that includes immigrants and descendants of immigrants.
The project celebrates the 11 million undocumented children, youth, men and women as family and community members. Seeing the images across the city will hopefully spur awareness and force people to examine or reaffirm their position on immigration reform. When looking at these photos it is impossible to distinguish between citizen and non-citizen, documented and undocumented. The projects seeks to remind policymakers involved in discussions about immigration that immigrants are human beings who are interwoven into every sector and every aspect of our country. So often, our visual landscape is dominated by a single story of what our country is, and so often, people of color are not a part of this narrative. Inside Out/11M aims to fill public spaces with beautiful faces full of dignity and power.
King Hall student and co-chair of the La Raza Law Students Association, Laura Flores participated in the project by having her image included as a part of the art installations. The way it worked: a series of highly visible art installations composed of large scale black and white portraits of men, women and children from all races and backgrounds are mounted. This is a show of solidarity. Anyone could come to one of the mobile studios to have their photo taken. Portraits were printed instantly so they could immediately be a part of this art installation.
Flores is a Texan who is the daughter of an immigrant and has a brother and sister still living in Guatemala. She has seen how current immigration regulations can be divisive and perpetuate intense fear. She admires this project because it is a lingering peaceful demonstration. The portraits will be hung for days and will spark interest among community members to hopefully ask, research and understand the significance of immigration reform in our country. More information can be found at the project’s website http://www.insideoutproject.net/en.
Posted May 18, 2013
Professor Villazor authored an op-ed that explored why some immigrants are considered simply "American" while others continue to be thought of as outsiders.
"Given this history of systemic denial of formal and equal citizenship, it should therefore not come as a surprise that some immigrant groups, particularly those of color, are presumed to be not truly Americans. The explanation for why some immigrant groups are considered Americans while some continue to be deemed outsiders must include the links between whiteness, citizenship and what it means to be an American," writes Professor Villazor.
Read the full article "Race Can Preclude Acceptance"