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The Foley Institute Spring 2020

Previous events – Spring 2020

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Tuesday, February 18 | 12:00 PM | Foley Speakers Room

Pizza & Politics | Islamophobia & American Elections


Thursday, January 30 | 12:00 PM | Foley Speakers Room

Pizza & Politics Series |Moving to America: From Mexican to Mexican-American

On Thursday, January 30 the Foley Institute welcomed Carlos Gil, an emeritus professor at the University of Washington specializing in Latin American history, for the Institute’s Pizza and Politics Series. Gil, author of “We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream” discussed his family’s 100-year journey of immigrating to America and assimilating to its culture.

Throughout his lecture, Gil discussed three central ideas: the origins of his family’s immigration and how their story and many other’s began as result of American and Mexico’s close economic relationship, the struggles of assimilation and the conflicts of holding onto one’s culture but trying to fit into a different one, and finally how the cultural baggage of immigration varies significantly across generations. Gil explained that the challenges of assimilation and becoming American do not necessarily go away with time. He closed, by stating, “assimilation is a trans-generational process; it is complex, and it is personal.”


Thursday, January 23 | 12:00 PM | Foley Speakers Room

Comedy & Politics with Kamau Bell

On Thursday, January 23 the Foley Institute welcomed W. Kamau Bell, ambassador of justice for ACLU, stand-up comedian, and television host to talk about the role comedy plays in politics. Kamau talked of his experience, stating that he did not fit into political comedy shows as they tend to take a left or right-wing approach. This encouraged him to write his own show regarding sociopolitical issues such as race.

He believes that comedy brings people together on divisive issues and uses his platform to include talking points about inclusion, identity, and structural racism. Kamau says his role is to delve deeply into these issues and create comedic content that allows everyone to have a better understanding of each-other. Through comedy, Kamau says we are able to have smarter and better conversations.