Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

A lecture with Mirta Ojito
Monday, March 3, 2014
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

On November 8, 2008, 37-year-old undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant, Marcelo Lucero, was murdered in Patchogue, Long Island by a group of “all-American” teenagers, who decided to go hunting for “beaners.” Mirta Ojito uses the murder of Lucero as a lens to examine the larger issues of immigration, exploring the growing presence of immigrants in suburbia, and how their struggle to assimilate into non-urban areas, which offer fewer resources and a less welcoming environment,
 has led to isolation, tension, and violence throughout the country.
 A newspaper reporter since 1987, Mirta Ojito has worked for the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and The New York Times. She has received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series of articles in the Times about race in America. This event is co-sponsored with Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies.

Sponsored by the Barnard Forum on Migration.

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Mar. 3, 2014 - 6:00 PM