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MLK Book Club: "Lives in Limbo" by Roberto Gonzales
Start Date: 1/20/2017Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 1/20/2017End Time: 3:00 PM

Event Description
Lives in Limbo exposes the failures of a system that integrates children immigrants into K–12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor. Over two million of the nation’s eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures.

Mining the results of an extraordinary twelve-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups:
The college-goers -- Like Ricardo, who had good grades and a strong network of community support that propelled him to college and DREAM Act organizing but still landed in a factory job a few short years after graduation; and

The early-exiters -- Like Gabriel, who failed to make meaningful connections in high school and started navigating dead-end jobs, immigration checkpoints, and a world narrowly circumscribed by legal limitations.
This vivid ethnography explores why highly-educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America.

Author Roberto Gonzales and Michael Niño, Professor of Sociology, will lead the discussion.

Register online and pick up a book at the UC 2nd Floor or Oregon Civic Justice Center. The book is free to WU Faculty, Staff and Students with attendance to the discussion..
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Montag Center  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: The Den
Contact Information:
Name: Gordon
Phone: Toyama
Lives in Limbo
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Event Sponsor(s):
Co-sponsored by American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Spanish and Women and Gender Studies Departments

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