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Histories of Immigrant Detention in the United States

A Conversation with Brianna Nofil and Gunther Peck
October 1st, 2019
12:00 PM


Histories of Immigrant Detention in the United States

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
12 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Old Chem 011
Duke's West Campus Quad
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A doctoral candidate in History at Columbia University, Brianna Nofil researches the history of immigrant detention centers, a project she began while an undergraduate at Duke (T ’12). As a graduate student, Brianna has written for popular outlets such as TIME, Topic Magazine, and Atlas Obscura, sharing her passion for history with a public that has a growing interest in learning about immigration policy and the places where immigrants are detained. In this discussion, she talks with Gunther Peck, Duke professor of History, about her work and the experience of researching and writing about immigrant detention in this particular political moment.

This event is free and open to the public. Light lunch provided. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Department of History at Duke University.

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Brianna Nofil

Brianna Nofil is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Columbia University, where she specializes in the history of immigration and the criminal justice system. Her dissertation, “Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002,” examines how immigration detention ...

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Gunther Peck

Duke University

Gunther Peck is associate professor in the History department and the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University, where he teaches courses in immigration, labor, western, environmental, and policy history. His first book, Reinventing Free Labor: Padrones and Immigrant Workers in ...

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