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Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America

Harvest of Empire

A screening of sections of the film covering Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Mexico and the Dominican Republic will be followed by a facilitated discussion led by José Jorge Mendoza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UMass Lowell, and author of The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration.

Harvest of Empire is a powerful documentary, based on the book by Juan González, that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.  From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, the film unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.  “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” – Juan González, Harvest of Empire

Presented in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library, Courageous Conversations, Showing Up for Racial Justice & the Social Justice Coalition.