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Empire’s Tracks: Dr. Karuka

Monday, January 13, 2020
3 PM – 4:30 PM
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Main Conference Room

In this talk, Dr. Manu Karuka will give an overview of his new book, Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad(University of California Press, 2019).Empire’s Tracks boldly reframes the history of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee Native American tribes, and the Chinese migrants who toiled on its path. In this meticulously researched book, Karuka situates the railroad within the violent global histories of colonialism and capitalism. Through an examination of legislative, military, and business records, Karuka deftly explains the imperial foundations of U.S. political economy. Tracing the shared paths of Indigenous and Asian American histories, this multi-sited interdisciplinary study connects military occupation to exclusionary border policies, a linked chain spanning the heart of U.S. imperialism.

Manu Karuka is an assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College. His work centers a critique of imperialism, with a particular focus on anti-racism and Indigenous decolonization.

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Following the talk, Dr. Karuka will be hosting a workshop for students from 5:00-6:00pm in Rolfe 2125. Snacks will be provided.

UCLA is a tobacco-free campus. All-day parking ($13) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 and 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). For more information, call 310-825-7315.


Jan 13 2020


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Charles E. Young Research Library


American Indian Studies Center

Other Organizers

American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program
Asian American Studies Center
Institute of American Cultures

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