The White Nationalist in the White House and Images of Migrant Children

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Date: September 20, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Tierney Alumni House | Map
5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

An Emeritus Academy colloquium presentation by Dora Apel, Art and Art History

Abstract: The volatile debate over immigration and the creation of “new Americans” exposes a fundamental contradiction in American life that originates with the creation of a nation founded on slavery, when “equality” meant equality for white men only. White supremacists and white nationalists around the world today, including the shooter who massacred fifty-one Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the shooter who killed twenty-two people in El Paso, Texas, fear declining white birth rates and “immigrant invasions,” a fear premised on the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory that posits a concerted plan to replace whites with non-whites through immigration, abortion, intermarriage, racial integration. This “white extinction anxiety” is based on the fear that whites will become a minority stripped of its race-based privilege, and has led to the Trump administration’s practices of separating and indefinitely incarcerating children while attempting to deny the right of asylum to brown and black petitioners altogether. This talk will examine some of the issues and images that have played a role in the spectacular rise of white nationalism and our understanding of the refugee crisis.

Dora Apel, Professor Emerita of Art and Art History and member of the WSU Academy of Scholars, is an art historian and cultural critic whose most recent books include Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline and War Culture and the Contest of Images. Her book Calling Memory into Place is forthcoming next year.

Place: First floor conference room of the Tierney Alumni House, 5510 Woodward (just north of the Park Shelton parking structure on the NE corner of Woodward and Ferry St.). Visitor parking available behind the building. Please come to the rear door of the house and ring the bell for entrance.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation and discussion.


Arthur Marotti



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