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Discussion and Reflection on the Theme

November 16, 2019
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm

Dudley H. Davis Center
Image of Suzanne Brown leading a book discussion
Please note: This talk is part of our Fall Conference 2019. You must have registered for the conference to attend this event.

Vermont Humanities program scholar Suzanne Brown will expertly lead attendees in a discussion using excerpts from The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu. This is a memoir by a former border officer who is also the son of a Mexican immigrant. The Line Becomes a River gives us lasting images and much to discuss as we navigate today’s headlines and explore the conference theme of Journeys and Migrations.

We encourage reading the whole book. However, the excerpts to be considered for discussion will be:

  • Pages 30-34, 37-41, 67-77, 89-91. These pages occur just after Cantu has joined the Border Patrol.
  • Pages 194-220, 233-242. These pages take place after Cantu leaves the Border Patrol and tries to help a friend from work, Jose.

We will loan a copy of the book to participants who sign up for this session.


Richelle Franzoni
(802) 262-1355


Dudley H. Davis Center
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Burlington, VT 05401 United States
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