Friday, September 6 at 6:00pm
Join us to hear Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World (Verso, $29.95).
In his newest book, award-winning journalist Todd Miller explores the presence of US border patrol agents across the world. Working alongside local agents, their efforts to block migrants from approaching the US have resulted in a global war against the poor. Increased borderland patrols, surveillance, and militarization have widened the chasm between those who can vacation or do business where they please, and others whose movements are restricted by armed guards. Visiting the Jordan/Syria border, as well as Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Kenya, Palestine, Mexico, and the Philippines, Miller traces the origin and rise of this border regime that expands thousands of miles beyond US territory.
Local author and journalist Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and Mother Jones, among others. Miller is also the author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, $16.95), and Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, $16.95), which explores the impact of the environmental crisis on the developed world’s borders and resources. Storming the Wall was awarded the 2018 Izzy Award for investigative journalism.
"Empire of Borders reveals how the United States has effectively extended its borders throughout the globe, giving rise to a worldwide enforcement network that is highly militarized and profoundly dehumanizing. At a time when more people than ever before find their lives thrust against violent lines of separation, Todd Miller helps us understand the omnipresence of borders as an imminent threat to our shared humanity— a collective sickness that must be reckoned with before it forever reshapes our world."
—Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border (Riverhead, $17)