Tales of Two Americas Stories of inequality in a divided nation

2019-20 Social Theme: Defining What is Home? Homelessness, Displacement, and Migration

Welcome to the USD Just Read! 2019-20 events page. The Just Read! Program encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature.

You may scroll down to see all events, or you may download the fall and spring flyers below. Questions or Comments? Contact us at cee@sandiego.edu or 619-260-7402

Spring 2020 Events

Film Screening | The Hand That Feeds

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Co-sponsored by USD's Changemaker HUB.

February 27th | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Humanities Center

Debate | Universal Basic Income: For and Against

The basic idea of UBI is simple: every adult citizen receives a cash grant from the government to spend in any way they choose. Proponents say a basic income has the potential to end poverty and reduce inequality. Critics argue that a basic income costs too much and undermines the central value of work for individuals and society as a whole. Join USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy for a debate on this important and timely issue, featuring Annie Lowrey, writer for The Atlantic, and Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

March 25th, 2020 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | KIPJ Theatre

Interactive Presentation & Book Signing: Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-Led Theory, Art, Words, and Tears Across Mama Earth

The population brings the popular education! The worlds of academia, research and media have a rigid notion of who should be heard, what is a scholar and what is considered a valid form of data collection, media production and research. In this session the poverty, race, disability, youth, elder, bordered migrant and indigenous scholars of POOR Magazine coming from all four corners of mother earth and many forms of struggle challenge the concept of the canon, of scholarship itself and who should be heard and recognized. Using our new book published in February 2019, Poverty Skolarship: Poor People-Led Theory, Art, Words & Tears Across Mama Earth, we will discuss how we have collectively created a poor people’s history, a herstory and a pedagogy of the ways to lift up, enact and fight for the everyday needs of survival while actually building and manifesting a poor people-led solution to poverty, houselessnes and scarcity models. This event brought to you by the Urgent Challenges Collective and SOLES.

This concludes our Spring 2019 Event schedule. Thank you for attending! Check out www.sandiego.edu/just-read for resources, program information, and more!

Fall 2019 Events

Debate: Is America Facing an Immigration Crisis?

Is there a crisis at the US-Mexico border? If so, what caused it, and what can we do to address it? Should America tighten its borders and crack down on illegal immigration? Should it place further restrictions on legal immigration? Or should it move in the opposite direction, toward a policy of relatively open borders and free migration? Join USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy for a conversation on this important and timely topic featuring Rich Lowry (National Review) and Jason Riley (Manhattan Institute, Wall Street Journal). Visit Facebook for more information.

September 19th | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | KIPJ Theatre

Catholic News Roundup: A Forum on Immigration

Join USD's Center for Catholic Thought and Culture to discuss current Catholic news developments around immigration. All are welcome.

September 25th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Ministry Center

Migration Film Screening: Icebox

Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old Honduran boy, is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. As Oscar attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel (Omar Leyva), in Arizona, he is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox,” a processing center for Hispanic migrant children. A discussion, facilitated by Maria Silva, USD Director of Neighborhood and Community Engaged Partnerships, will take place after the film.

September 26th | Film: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Discussion: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Humanities Center | Snacks provided

Displacement Film Screening: Beasts of the Southern Wild

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl, Hushpuppy, exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural order is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. Co-Sponsored by USD's Changemaker HUB.

October 15th | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | SLP 320

Homelessness Film Screening: Inocente

Inocente, a 15 year-old San Diegan, refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse, an alcoholic and defeated mother of four who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge together, an endless shuffle year after year through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation. Co-sponsored by USD's Urgent Challenges Council for Homelessness Awareness Week and USD's Changemaker HUB.

October 22nd | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Mother Theresa Plaza (Front of SLP)

What’s Next?: Community Meal and Call to Action

Join the Urgent Challenges Council for dinner to discuss a call to action regarding homelessness for USD community as well as the Linda Vista community. Co-sponsored by USD's Urgent Challenges Council for Homelessness Awareness Week.

October 24th | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | KIPJ A

Speaker: The Current Immigration Crisis with Anna Marie Gallagher

Join USD's Center for Catholic Thought and Culture as we welcome Anna Marie Gallagher, Executive Director of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) on the topic of immigration from a Catholic lens. Anna Marie Gallagher has practiced immigration and refugee law for more than three decades, working in the United States, Central America and Europe. Her experience includes private practice, advocacy and several years in academia.

October 29th | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Ministry Center

The Main Event with John Freeman

Join USD in welcoming John Freeman, Editor of Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. John Freeman will be hosting a writing workshop for students, and providing a keynote address to speak on about how the book relates to the 2019-2020 theme Defining What is Home? Homelessness, Displacement, and Migration, followed by a book signing. This event is co-sponsored by many collaborators across USD campus.

Writing Workshop for Students | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | KIPJ H Keynote with John Freeman | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | UC Forum C Book Signing | 7:00 - 7:30 | UC Forum C

This concludes our Fall 2019 Event schedule. Thank you for attending! See above for the Spring 2020 Event schedule


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