This discussion will explore the history and present of empire, migration and imagination in the Americas as urgently necessary theaters of political battle. Drawing on more than 30 years of political and poetic struggle between Central America and the United States, author and former guerrilla fighter Roberto Lovato will map the terrain of possible struggle before a moment of empire that mass-produces the idea that change is impossible.
Journalist and teacher Roberto Lovato is the author of Unforgetting: A Memoir of Revolution and Remembrance (Harper Collins), a memoir picked by the New York Times as an “Editor’s Choice” that the paper also hailed as “Groundbreaking." Lovato is also the recipient of a reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center. His essays and reports from around the world have appeared in numerous publications including Guernica Magazine, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy magazine, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times,Der Spiegel, La Opinion, and other national and international publications. He works out of the Writers Grotto in San Francisco, his birthplace.
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