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Central America on the Move: Migration, Asylum, and Transnational Adoption

General Programming

dateApril 18, 2024 timeThursday, 6:15pm EDT location Faculty House, Columbia University
  • Center for Mexico and Central America
  • The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
  • Heyman Fellows
  • Institute of Latin American Studies
  • Center for Mexico and Central America
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • University Seminar in Cultural Memory
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  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required.

Historian Rachel Nolan and journalist Jonathan Blitzer will discuss two new books on Central America's close and fraught relations with the US, past and present. Two forms of different but related migrations have linked the regions: asylum-seeking and international adoption. Connecting the historical realities of political violence in Central America to our present immigration impasses helps us see this mass movement of people in a new way.


Rachel Nolan is a historian and journalist. Until I Find You, a history of international adoption from Guatemala, is her first book. She is Assistant Professor of International History at Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies and a Contributing Editor at Harper's Magazine. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia Society of Fellows from 2018-2019.

Jonathan Blitzer is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has won a National Award for Education Reporting as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award, and was a 2021 Emerson Fellow at New America. He lives with his family in New York City.


Fernando Montero is an anthropologist and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is conducting a long-term ethnographic study of the War on Drugs and militarization in the Afro-Indigenous region of Moskitia on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. He was a Fellow at the Columbia Society of Fellows from 2019-2022.