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Stories from our Undocumented Neighbors with Motus Theater’s ‘UndocuMonologues’

Stories from our Undocumented Neighbors with Motus Theater’s ‘UndocuMonologues’

In Stories from our Undocumented Neighbors with Motus Theater’s ‘UndocuMonologues’ Online, Motus Theater’s undocumented monologists invite you into their homes to share autobiographical monologues about their lives, hopes, fears, and dreams. Their monologues interrupt the dehumanizing and racist, anti-immigrant narratives. Two of the monologues will be read by special guest readers and award-winning immigration history authors, Professor Aviva Chomsky and Professor Natalia Molina. Each monologue is followed by a musical response from a guest musician.

The ‘UndocuMonologues’ encourage thoughtful engagement with the intersection between immigration, race, and economics in U.S. history. After the performance, Professors Chomsky and Molina will share their experience of reading these monologues from a personal and historical perspective, followed by responses by the UndocuMonologists and a Q&A with the audience.

Autobiographical monologues by Motus UndocuMonologists Victor Galvan, Armando Peniche, Tania Chairez (read by Professor Aviva Chomsky), and Alejandro Fuentes-Mena (read by Professor Natalia Molina). Performance presented by Motus Theater - creators of UndocuAmerica, Women of Resolution, Rocks Karma Arrows, and the Shoebox Stories Podcast.

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Thursday, Sep 17 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
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  One Book One Boulder     Performances & Presentations     Virtual Program -- Recorded  

One Book, One Boulder Begins

Boulder Public Library and the Boulder Library Foundation are proud to announce the launch of One Book One Boulder: Read, Engage, Grow. This new program aims to bring Boulder together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. One Book One Boulder 2020 programs offer support for community members in learning, reflecting and engaging on the important topic of racial equity in the City of Boulder and beyond.

Participate in a variety of events, including book discussion groups, workshops, performances and storytimes. Access the many formats of "So, You Want to Talk About Race" in our collections here and the book discussion guide here.

Generously sponsored by the Boulder Library Foundation. All of our online events are an extension of library services; library conduct and policies apply in our online space. Tips on internet safety and privacy. 

Special guest reader & panelist bios:

Aviva Chomsky is a Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her books include Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration (forthcoming), Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (2014), A History of the Cuban Revolution (2011, 2nd ed.), Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008), and They Take Our Jobs!  And Twenty Other Myths about Immigration (2007). Her books have been published in English as well as Spanish. She is also the co-editor of multiple anthologies. Professor Chomsky has been active in Latin American solidarity and immigrants’ rights movements for several decades.


Natalia Molina is a Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of two award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940. Her work examines the interconnectedness of racial and ethnic communities through her concept of "racial scripts" which looks at how practices, customs, policies, and laws that are directed at one group and are readily available and hence easily applied to other groups. Professor Molina is the recipient of nationally competitive awards including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Mellon Foundation. More about Professor Molina at http://nataliamolinaphd.com/


*The UndocuMonologues were created in a 17-week collaborative process between Motus Theater’s Artistic Director, Kirsten Wilson, and undocumented community leaders with D.A.C.A. (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).


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