The ongoing murders of countless women at the U.S.-Mexico border, along with devastating environmental damage inflicted by factories, are the subject of âEcocide and Femicide on the Border: Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders.â The event will take placeÂ 6:30-8:30 p.m.Â Thursday, April 26, in 121Â Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall.
Guest speakers are the Rev.Â Daisy L. MachadoÂ (pictured right), dean of academic affairs and professor of church history at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and Evelyn Parker, associate professor of practical theology at SMUâs Perkins School of Theology.
This is the final event in SMUâs seven-part 2012 âMigration Mattersâ series addressing the most pressing U.S./Mexico-border challenges.
Ecofeminists, inspired by theologian and nun Ivone Gebara of Brazil, have called Christians to think about the connections between poverty, violence to both the Earth and humans, and immigration. It is estimated that more than 400 female maquiladora (export assembly plant) workers have been murdered in Ciudad JuĂĄrez alone since 1993.
âThis desert area, filled with toxic air and water produced by the maquiladoras, and the people who live there â poor and uneducated workers, mostly women â are devalued by a patriarchal society and commodified until they become expendable and invisible,â Machado says.
âThis concerns me because these realities remain unresolved,â she adds. âSo I ask the Christian community: Why are we not responding? And how can we advocate social, ecological and gender justice?â
Parker is looking forward to her conversation with Machado, with whom she has collaborated in the past. But this powerful subject, she says, âwill take on new complexities â and possibilities.â
The program is supported by SMUâs Office of the Dean of Dedman College; the Geurin-Pettus Program; the Scott-Hawkins Fund; the Embrey Human Rights Program; the Department of English; the George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology; and the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions inÂ Perkins School of Theology, with funding from The Henry Luce Foundation.
The program is free and open to the public.Â For more information, contact series coordinatorÂ Jayson Sae-Saue, Department of English,Â 214-768-4369.
Written by Denise Gee