Assistant Professor Terrion Williamson talks about her research and her upbringing in Peoria, Illinois. "Once I hit college, I left town and never really came back," she says. But she took the south side of Peoria with her.
On February 19th, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which would ultimately lead to the forced removal and mass incarceration of nearly 12,000 Japanese Americans. In light of recent events, Prof. Yuichiro Onishi writes, it is important to remember events such this one and the valuable lessons they have taught us.
Passed in 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was the nation's first federal civil law addressing sexual violence behind bars. However, as Prof. Lena Palacios writes for the Gender Policy Report, more recently questions have arisen concerning the limits of liberal reform regarding the act.
On February 2, Dr. Michelle Téllez, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, gave a talk at the University of Minnesota. She spoke to current concerns regarding the proposal to build a border wall and its implications for US-Mexico relations. This event was co-sponsored by American Studies, RIGS, and GWSS.