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Not Your Typical Food Conference: A Reflection on the Biomigrations Conference

By Jesús I’x Nazario, Dhruv Patel, and Irene Farah Rich or poor, Black, brown, or white, we all need to eat to survive. But food’s enduring presence does not insulate it from the systemic biases that plague our society. Although … Continue reading

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Moral Licensing and Impunity: Reflections on Colombian Security Sector Narratives

By Alejandra Ortiz Ayala On March 18, 2019, I was doing fieldwork for my Ph.D. research at Colombia’s Escuela Superior de Guerra (Superior School of War), a military academy for training high-ranking officers. That day, The New York Times published … Continue reading

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Title 42 Continues, and So Does the Suffering at the Border

By Katie Sharar Over the past year, the most salient political reality of U.S. border and migration policy is Title 42. This policy, enacted by the Trump administration in March 2020, invokes a 1944 public health statute to close the … Continue reading

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Latinos on Mars

By Milo Buitrago-Casas Worldwide press headlines announced the successful landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on the Red Planet a few weeks ago. This landing marked a new milestone for investigating Mars’ capability for supporting life (as we know it), exploring … Continue reading

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Qo xnaq’tzan tuj tzalajb’il tu’ntzan tjaw ch’iw qchwinqlal: We teach with happiness for a better future

By Henry Sales and Tessa Scott Henry Sales: My name is Henry Sales and I am from a small town in the highlands of Guatemala called San Juan Atitán. I grew up with the name Mintz, a name that was … Continue reading

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Public and Intimate Performances of Gendered Violence: HerStory of Feminicide in Ciudad Juárez

By Laila Espinoza There is a city on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border where over 3,000 girls and women have gone missing since 1993, and 913 women have been reported murdered since 2010. This city is Ciudad Juárez, … Continue reading

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Song: Niahciz (Nahuatl for: I will arrive)

By Ever Reyes First Chorus: The Past The warm grains of sand swish under our feet as we walk through the New Mexico desert. My grandfather kneels next to me as his hands wrap around a dry weed. This memory … Continue reading

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Decentering Colonial Languages as a Pathway to Delight

By Julia Nee As an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, I had always thought that when I studied abroad in Mexico, it would be to practice my Spanish – not any other language. Mexico was one of the … Continue reading

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Bolsonaro’s Response to Covid-19: The Political Tools of Inaction, Obstruction, and Blame

By Elize Massard da Fonseca and Andreza Davidian Brazil has been one of the countries most affected by Covid-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, President Jair Bolsonaro has taken controversial measures to obstruct a coordinated response, adopted a denialist … Continue reading

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An unexpected landslide in Chile: 78.27% versus 21.73%

By Enzo Nervi Despite the expected triumph of approving replacing Chile’s constitution, everyone was surprised by the overwhelming margin of victory: 78.27% voted “approve,” to proceed with the process, against 21.73% who voted to “reject” an attempt. It was to … Continue reading

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