Book presentation: "Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration"
With author Avi Chomsky, Professor of Professor of History, Salem State University.
Chomsky will present from her recent book, Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration.
At the center of the current immigration debate are migrants from Central America fleeing poverty, corruption, and violence in search of refuge in the United States. In Central America’s Forgotten History, Aviva Chomsky answers the urgent question “How did we get here?” Centering the centuries-long intertwined histories of US expansion and Indigenous and Central American struggles against inequality and oppression, Chomsky highlights the pernicious cycle of colonial and neocolonial development policies that promote cultures of violence and forgetting without any accountability or restorative reparations.
Focusing on the valiant struggles for social and economic justice in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras, Chomsky restores these vivid and gripping events to popular consciousness. Tracing the roots of displacement and migration in Central America to the Spanish conquest and bringing us to the present day, she concludes that the more immediate roots of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras lie in the wars and in the US interventions of the 1980s and the peace accords of the 1990s that set the stage for neoliberalism in Central America.
Chomsky also examines how and why histories and memories are suppressed, and the impact of losing historical memory. Only by erasing history can we claim that Central American countries created their own poverty and violence, while the United States’ enjoyment and profit from their bananas, coffee, mining, clothing, and export of arms are simply unrelated curiosities.
Currently planned to be a hybrid event with in person and online options. A boxed lunch to be served at the conclusion of the event.
RSVP for in person or online (Zoom) option at tinyurl.com/chomsky0317.
Thursday, March 17 at 12:00pm
McElroy Commons, 237
Boston College, 293 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA