So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico: Arab Immigrants in Mexico

Location

ILC 150
1503 E University Blvd Room 150
Tucson , AZ

Date: 

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 4:30pm

Join The UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Department of History, and CMES for our Spring 2016 Colloquium Series

Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp is a Professor of History at the School of Law, Sonoma State University

In her presentation, Professor Alfaro-Velcamp will share her pioneering research on Arab immigration into Mexico in the early 20th century. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Mexico, Lebanon, and Syria, Alfaro-Velcamp will share the stories of immigrants who have contributed greatly to Mexico’s social, economic and cultural development.

Alfaro-Velcamp's study shows that political instability in both Mexico and the Middle East kept many from fulfilling their dreams of returning to their countries of origin after realizing wealth in Mexico, in a few cases drawing on an imagined Phoenician past to create a class of economically powerful Lebanese Mexicans. She also explores the repercussions of xenophobia in Mexico, the effect of religious differences, and the impact of key events such as the Mexican Revolution.

Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp is Professor of History at Sonoma State University (SSU), and a Research Associate in the Centre of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She completed her M.Phil. in Human Rights Law in 2015 from UCT. She has recently been appointed an Alwaleed Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. 

 

Dr Alfaro-Velcamp is a Professor of History at Sonoma State University (SSU) and a Research Associate in the Centre of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. She completed her M.Phil. in Human Rights Law in 2015 from UCT. She has recently been appointed an Alwaleed Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.