The UNLV Borderlands Lecture Series presents Michael Wilson and José Antonio Lucero, authors of the forthcoming book, What Side Are You On? A Tohono O’odham Life.
Michael Wilson is a human rights activist and member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and José Antonio Lucero is Professor and Chair of the Latin America and Caribbean Studies Department at the University of Washington. The two will discuss the writing of their book, a testimonial study of the Tohono O’odham peoples of Southern Arizona as told through the life experiences of tribal son Michael Wilson. Grounded in an oral testimonial form, the book braids historical, sociological, and cultural analysis with first-person accounts of key moments in Wilson’s life
including his memories of a childhood growing up next to an open-pit copper mine, service in the US military, study and ministry in the Presbyterian Church, and his participation in human rights and immigration debates.