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Human Rights and Social Justice Program kicks off Nov. 9


Two events at Miami University Middletown kick off the annual Human Rights and Social Justice Program at Miami, sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures. A film and discussion, "Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program," will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9; a public discussion on "Immigration Policy" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10. Both events will be held 12:30-2 p.m. in Johnston Hall.

“Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” shows how several million men, in one of the largest state managed migrations in history, were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The film screening will be followed by a public discussion on the Bracero program, U.S. temporary work visas today and the future of migrant temporary work programs.

A public discussion on “Immigration Policy: Civil, Political and Cultural Rights” will be led by Jose Matus, project director for Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras (Indigenous Alliance Without Borders) and member of the Arizona State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He will be joined by local immigration rights activists.

For more information about these events contact Christina Leza, department of anthropology, at

The Human Rights and Social Justice program continues on the Oxford campus Wednesday, Nov. 17, with an all-day information fair at the Shriver Center; a panel on best practices in inclusive education; and a film series.

For more information about the Human Rights and Social Justice Program contact the Center for American and World Cultures at 529-8309.


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