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Border Wars and Homeland Security

In his recent book “Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security,” author Todd Miller discusses the border and immigration issues that he has researched for more than a decade. The book follows his blog “Border Wars” and pieces in The New York Times, The Nation, and Mother Jones, to name a few, describing the changing face of border patrol from firsthand encounters with men, women and children. Miller writes from his experience working for BorderLinks, North American Congress on Latin America, and Witness for Peace in the southwestern United States.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, the Office of Intercultural Affairs will welcome Miller for a conversation chronicling his border patrol and immigration work from both sides of the border.  The conversation, titled after his book, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Wasey Lounge of the Scandling Campus Center. Miller will be available to sign copies of his book as well.

Miller is praised for his work in chronicling the experiences of undocumented people and the consequences of being under the eye of the country’s high-end surveillance technology, the heightened risk of being sent to prison, and the vast amount of weapons preventing them from entering the country. Miller exposes the secret world of militarization along the southwestern border.

Lory Gherter, an advocate for immigration support services, in a review of the book, praises Miller for giving a voice to “business owners losing their livelihood at the same time military equipment is being hawked to protect us from these kids’ parents” and encourages readers to delve into the book for its lasting message rather than a comfortable, pleasurable read.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs Center, located at 288 Pulteney St., offers weekly discussions on a range of issues and services to the HWS community. The Office offers a Writing Table for help with essays, Buddhist Meditation on Monday nights, as well as other programs and resources to support the multiplicity of world cultures in the campus community.

Recently the Office of Intercultural Affairs sponsored a performance by a Turkish Sufi Musician, reading with Cuban Writer Mirta Yáñez, and a Mandala ceremony each semester.