Jeff Biggers is an American Book Award-winning cultural historian and journalist. His recent book, State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream presents the story of state’s rights and immigration in a head to head battle. His work addresses the “Arizonification of America” wherein the conversations for conservatives and progressives regarding immigration and other pertinent national issues are being shaped by this frontier state. Join him as he discusses his book and the subject of his recent work, the new-found alliance between immigrant rights and climate justice advocates. A reception and signing will follow Biggers' lecture, and The King's English Bookshop will have Biggers' books available for purchase.
Biggers work has chronicled the historical legacy and contemporary movements for social justice in Georgia, the southern Appalachian coalfields, and immigrant rights in Arizona. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Salon, among many others newspapers, magazines and online journals. He regularly blogs for the Huffington Post. His article in Salon.com, "Who’s Afraid of the Tempest," broke the story on Tucson’s removal of Mexican American Studies books from banned courses.
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE FILM SCREENING
In conjunction with Biggers’ lecture, join us for a screening of Precious Knowledge on March 4 at 7pm in the Main Library Auditorium. Precious Knowledge reports on the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona schools. (English with Spanish Subtitles)
SELECTED ARTICLES BY JEFF BIGGERS
Stripmining Black History Month, Zinn Education Project, February 20, 2013
Did Romney Lie About His Family's Flight to Mexico in His Memoir? Does Accuracy Matter?, Huffington Post, September 20, 2012
Tim DeChristopher Deserves the Medal of Freedom Today, Not a Prison Sentence, Huffington Post, March 1, 2011
Location: Main Library Auditorium
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