Joseph Nevins

Joseph Nevins is an associate professor of geography at Vassar College. His latest book is Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid (City Lights Books).

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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:45pm
The Silence of Empire
On the last Sunday of May, I was on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. I stood in the back of a crowd of a few thousand, one composed largely of graduating seniors, and family and friends there to support them. We were all listening to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) deliver the commencement address.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 2:56pm
From the I-Word to the I-Deed
On April 2, the Associated Press announced that it would no longer sanction the term “illegal immigrant” or use “illegal” to describe persons living in a country without authorization.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 8:12am
Power, Privilege, and Climate Change: A Tale of Two Presidents
As I watched a video of Barack Obama delivering his second inaugural address last month, and listened to his call to “respond to the threat of climate change” lest we “betray our children and future generations,” I could not help but think of another president.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 10:31am
True Leadership in a Time of Global Warming
In the wake of extreme drought in much of the United States, widespread wildfires in the U.S. west, and now Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s refusal to discuss human-induced climate change will undoubtedly go down as political recklessness of historic proportions.
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Monday, October 15, 2012 - 8:10am
The Privilege of Being Human: Ecological Crisis and the Need to Challenge the Twenty Percent
Although you would not know it from what passes for debate during the ongoing presidential campaign here in the United States, the biosphere is under siege.
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Friday, June 22, 2012 - 1:03pm
Barack Obama’s Immigration Reform for Youth: A Dream Deferred?
Yannick Grijalba would seem perfectly suited to benefit from the immigration policy reform announced by the Obama Administration on June 15, one that will postpone the threat of deportation for many young people living in the United States without government authorization.
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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 3:43pm
A Tale of Two Voyages and the Global Color Line
The tragic running aground of the Costa Concordia and dramatic images of the massive luxury cruise ship keeled over off the coast of Tuscany, Italy in mid-January made for intense media coverage. With 17 confirmed fatalities and another 15 individuals still unaccounted for among the roughly 4,200 passengers and crew, major news outlets—such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and CNN—each ran literally dozens of stories on the catastrophe. A month later, reports related to the disaster continue to appear.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 9:26am
Who Killed Joaquin Luna?
Last Friday Joaquin Luna put on a white shirt and black tie—the same ones he wore every Sunday at the church he attended. The eighteen-year-old high school senior then kissed family members, went into the bathroom of his mother’s house in south Texas, and shot and killed himself.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 11:38am
A Man of Heart? Coming to Terms with Richard Holbrooke
“You cannot deal with the future unless you also come to terms with the past,” Richard Holbrooke, who died on Dec. 13, once said. And in terms of Holbrooke’s past, he has received largely glowing reviews in the corridors of power.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 11:36am
Meg Whitman Reaps What Pete Wilson Sowed
The controversy surrounding California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman's employment of Nicky Diaz Santillan, an unauthorized immigrant housekeeper, is the latest in what has become a staple of U.S. politics. Since the early 1990s, hardly a political season has gone by without the "outing" of a high-level candidate or nominee for privately employing the very "illegals" they publicly decry.
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