Lecture: Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazelton, PA with Jamie Longazel The Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA), passed in the small Rustbelt city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 2006, was a local ordinance that laid out penalties for renting to or hiring undocumented immigrants and declared English the city’s official language. The notorious IIRA gained national prominence and kicked off a parade of local and state-level legislative initiatives designed to crack down on undocumented immigrants. Longazel uses the debate around Hazleton’s controversial ordinance as a case study that reveals the mechanics of contemporary divide and conquer politics. He shows how neoliberal ideology, misconceptions about Latinx immigrants, and nostalgic imagery of “Small Town, America” led to a racialized account of an undocumented immigrant “invasion,” masking the real story of a city beset by large-scale loss of manufacturing jobs. Jamie Longazel is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. His recent book, Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (2016, Temple University Press), won the North Central Sociological Association’s 2017 Scholarly Achievement Award. He is also the co-author (with Benjamin Fleury-Steiner) of The Pains of Mass Imprisonment (2013, Routledge). His work has appeared in academic journals across several disciplines, including outlets such as Law & Society Review, Punishment & Society, and Theoretical Criminology. He is also a co-founder of Anthracite Unite, a collective of scholars, artists, and activists working on issues of racial and economic justice in Northeast Pennsylvania. About the Exhibition Rust Belt Biennial Exhibition Dates: August 27 - October 5, 2019 We are thrilled to host the first Rust Belt Biennial, a celebration of photography with work realized throughout the Rust Belt Region in all its manifestations. This land, its people, the pride and the struggles, the patina of the past and above all, the histories and memories ingrained in the soil across the region. It is time to make new memories and new histories, while revisiting and reevaluating old ones; It is time to start a new dialogue about the state of photography and it’s social, cultural and political effects in our society; it is time to give back to the photographic community but also the region; it is time for you to join us! For additional information and gallery hours, please visit our website.