Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Mahmood Mamdani
Renowned historian, scholar, activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz makes this very welcome Seattle return, albeit virtually, for this program co-present with The Seattle Public Library, and to include Mahmood Mamdani, himself an esteemed scholar and author, in conversation. Occasioning this program is her major new historical work which couldn’t be more timeless - or timely - Not "A Nation of Immigrants": Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion (Beacon Press).
“Not ‘a Nation of Immigrants’ challenges to the core one of the most dominant narratives about the United States, as a country founded by and welcoming for immigrants. Dunbar-Ortiz’s captivating and accessible historical account forces a reckoning with the various layers of the US imperialist project, from territorial control to economic and political influence at the expense of Black populations, migrants, and Indigenous peoples. This myth-shattering book addresses one of the most pressing challenges of our time by demonstrating the implications of White supremacy across time, across groups and spaces, and the connections between them. If there is hope for transformation, it is through the careful, systematic work that this book exemplifies by examining the roots of racism and structural inequality, and bringing forward alternative narratives and movements. It is a must-read.” —Alexandra Délano.
“Her thought-work and writing are both full-force with courage and wisdom. In the age of telling truth, she says, the US has yet to correct its narrative to acknowledge its settler-colonialist and imperialist past and present. This book should be taught in classrooms; readers will finish it changed.”—Booklist.
“A compelling counter-narrative to America’s autobiography as the making of a ‘nation of immigrants.’ Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz not only chips away at this settler account but also provides the narrative glue for an emancipatory movement beyond the settler-native dichotomy.”—Mahmood Mamdani.
Mahmood Mamdani, himself the author of the recent book, Neither Settler Not Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities, for which he gave Elliott Bay readers an excellent presentation, and is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University and Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala, will join Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz in conversation.