In this series, I speak to scholars about highly sensitive issues in our country and culture. But it's more than that. Many of these conversations are highly personal to me. For example, as a #GirlDad, I take women's rights extremely seriously. It's an issue that we often talk about and teach about in my family.
As for immigration, as an immigrant who arrived in this beautiful country of ours at a young age, immigration is always front and center on my mind. But, this is not at all a straightforward topic. Politicians use tortuous means of fitting immigration into vote-getting slogans. Here is an example of how complex it can get: who should regulate immigration - states or D.C.? For a discussion (not an answer), see below.
And finally, there is race - one of the most polarizing issues in our current politics.
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HbN Guest: Dr. Marta del Moral
Author of, e.g.: Intercrossings between Spanish women's groups and their German, British and Portuguese counterparts (1914-1932)
About Our Guest: Dr. del Moral is a professor of gender equality at the Complutense University of Madrid. She directs the Research Group: Gender Relations in the Contemporary World: an interdisciplinary perspective from History, Geography and Law, where she has investigated women's participation in local governments.
She has received many awards and prizes for her research. And also obtained many teaching awards, including the Student's Union "You're Awesome Award" at the University of Bath, England.
Examples of Dr. del Moral's projects include:
In the news: Do you remember the Unwanted FIFA kiss back in August - when Mr. Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish Football Federation, forced a kiss on Ms. Jenni Hermoso? Well, this week FIFA banned him from all football-related activities for three years.
In this episode (JNov. 3, 2023):
About the image: Caricature of Gracia y Justicia, the conservative magazine of political humor published in Spain during the Second Republic. It shows a group of feminist women breaking into an office to claim the right to divorce, even though they are single. The vignette is part of the campaign organized by Catholic right media and parties in order to avoid the legalization of divorce. The following dialogue is read in the text that accompanies the cartoon: —The divorce! ... the divorce! We want the [right to] divorce! —But how bad do your husbands treat you? —No, we are single. (Public Domain).
HbN Guest: Prof. Diane Rosenfeld
Author of: The Bonobo Sisterhood: Revolution Through Female Alliance
About Our Guest: Prof. Rosenfeld is a scholar at Harvard Law School, where she teaches courses such as Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice; Theories of Sexual Coercion; and Title IX. She has also taught courses at Harvard College, including a seminar on Creating Cultures of Sexual Respect on Campus. Prior to teaching, she served as the first Senior Counsel in the Office on Violence Against Women at the United States Department of Justice and as an Executive Assistant Attorney General at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
In the news: Danny Masterson, "That 70's Show" star, was found guilty of two counts of rape. And less than a month ago, a Manhattan jury, sitting in a civil trial, filed by Ms. E. Jean Carroll against Mr. Donald Trump, did not find Mr. Trump liable for rape, as Ms. Carroll has claimed for years.
In this episode (Jun. 2, 2023):
HbN Guest: Dr. Janet Affary
Author of: Sexual Politics in Modern Iran
About Our Guest: Dr. Afary is a professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara, the Director of the Iranian Studies Initiative, and the Chair of Religion and Modernity. She is the author of many books, including Iranian Romance in the Digital Age: From Arranged Marriage to White Marriage (Sex, Family and Culture in the Middle East).
In the news: Murder of Ms. Mahsa Amini by Iran's regime for the alleged improper wearing of her hijab.
In this episode (Oct. 14, 2022):
HbN Guest: Dr. Carrie Baker
Author of: The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment
About Our Guest: Dr. Baker is a professor of the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College and the Chair of American Studies there. She is the co-founder and former co-director of the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice. Dr. Baker received her Ph.D., J.D. and M.A. from Emory University, and her research focus is on women’s legal history, gender and public policy, and feminist activism. She is also the author of Sexual Harassment Law.
In the news: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns after allegations of sexual harassment.
In this episode (Aug. 20, 2021):
HbN Guest: Prof. Deep Gulasekaram
Author of: The New Immigration Federalism
About Our Guest: Mr. Gulasekaram is a professor of Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law and Immigration Law. He is the co-author of the leading immigration law casebook used in law schools Immigration & Citizenship: Process and Policy.
In the news: Governors of Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina sent their National Guard troops to Texas, to its border with Mexico. In addition, other GOP-led states of Mississippi, Iowa, Tennessee, Nebraska and Florida have also offered Texas help.
In this episode (Jun. 9, 2023):
HbN Guest: Mr. Daniel Okrent
Author of: Last Call, The Rise And Fall of Prohibition
About Our Guest: Mr. Okrent is the author of The Last Call, The Rise And Fall of Prohibition, which won the Albert J. Beveridge prize, awarded by the American Historical Association to the year's best book of American history, and was used as a major source for the PBS miniseries Prohibition, which was directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Mr. Okrent served as the first public editor of The New York Times, and he has also been the editor of prestigious publishing companies, as well as the Esquire Magazine, Life Magazine, and Time, among others. He also served on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for 12 years, including a four-year term as chairman, and remains a board member of the Skyscraper Museum and the Authors Guild.
In the news: controversy over the 2020 U.S. census continues in Congress. That controversy involved President Trump's interference in the census and lawsuits that went to the Supreme Court.
In this episode (Aug. 5, 2022):
HbN Guest: Prof. Jennifer Chacon
Author of: Immigration Law and Social Justice
About Our Guest: Prof. Chacon is coauthor of an upcoming book on the impact of shifting immigration policies on immigrant communities and organizations in Southern California. She is a professor of law at UC Berkeley and was an outside advisor to the Immigration Transition Team of President-Elect Barack Obama from November 2008 through January 2009.
In the news: The Cato Institute's published research states that crime rates for immigrants living in Texas illegally are lower than those of native-born Americans.
In this episode (Sept. 3, 2021):
HbN Guest: Dr. Amanda Demmer
Author of: After Saigon’s Fall: Refugees and US-Vietnamese Relations, 1975-2000
About Our Guest: Dr. Demmer an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech. Her research and teaching are focused on the boundaries between war and peace in American history.
In the news: America is leaving Afghanistan. So what happens to all the Afghans who helped American forces and efforts there?
In this episode (May 23, 2021):
HbN Guest: Prof. Jocelyn Simonson
Author of: Radical Acts of Justice: How Ordinary People are Dismantling Incarceration
About Our Guest: Professor Simonson writes and teaches about criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and social change at Brooklyn Law School. She explores ways in which the public participates in the criminal process and in the institutions of local governance that control policing and punishment.
In the news: Defunding the police fails in Minneapolis.
In this episode (Nov. 12, 2021):
HbN Guest: Dr. Thomas Balcerski
Author of: Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King
About Our Guest: Dr. Balcerski is a professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches classes on African American history as well as early American history and US presidents and first ladies.
In the news: On April 20th, the jury reached its verdict in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He was found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd, which happened on May 25, 2020.
In this episode (Apr. 30, 2021):