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“Lines of Life and Death”: A Podcast with Geographer Joseph Nevins on Global Apartheid and the Right to the World

Lauded border scholar Joseph Nevins dissects the global border apparatus, shows its parallels with South African apartheid, and calls for both freedom of movement and the right to stay home

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If you are confused by competing messages about Title 42, and the ever-changing policies at the border, please join us on Thursday, April 21 for a discussion thread. (We still have to confirm some things, but tentatively we will start at 10 am PT/ 11 am MT/ 12 pm CT/ 1 pm ET, so please pencil us in!)

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“Lines of Life and Death”: A Podcast with Geographer Joseph Nevins on Global Apartheid and the Right to the World

Lauded border scholar Joseph Nevins dissects the global border apparatus, shows its parallels with South African apartheid, and calls for both freedom of movement and the right to stay home

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Who has passports? Who can get visas? Which people have to risk their lives crossing lines, and who can fly and cross borders with ease? And what if heavily policed borders are actually a human rights violation? What would be the remedy to that?

In today’s podcast we welcome geographer Joseph Nevins to discuss all this. Joe is the author of two important books on border and immigration policing, Operation Gatekeeper and Beyond: The War On “Illegals” and the Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary and Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid. He is a professor at Vassar College.

I have known Joe now for more than a decade, and over those years he has been a mentor, and inspired me with his insight, wisdom, and scholarship. Please join us in this conversation as we take a step back and unpack the global border apparatus, talk about global apartheid and the right to the world, and discuss what those “lines of life and death,” as Joe puts it, really mean.

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