2020 Moe Visiting Lectureship

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

UPDATE: Due to last-minute travel changes, keynote speaker Aura Bogado will not be able to make it to Gustavus for tonight’s scheduled lecture. The Moe Lecture will be rescheduled to a time and date to be determined.

Aura Bogado portrait

Aura Bogado, "It’s All a Border: Reporting and Representation in the Margins," Tuesday March 10 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall 

Investigative reporter Aura Bogado will talk about the challenges of reporting on immigration and migration – digging deep on stories that include ever-evolving changes in policies and practices of enforcement, which are best understood as part of the greater project of racial and ethnic exclusion in the United States. Bogado will expand on the challenges and opportunities faced by non-white women reporters in a field that’s long been dominated by white men, and the enormous value of adhering to a set of ethics that assumes the expertise of the lived experiences of marginalized people.

Aura Bogado is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her impact-driven work covers migration and immigration with a focus on children in federal custody held in contracted shelters, residential treatment centers, and secret facilities -- especially on the US/Mexico border. Bogado’s stories center the experiences of vulnerable people marginalized by federal policies whose humanity is often rendered invisible by various media. She recently earned a Murrow Award for feature reporting that uncovered a private defense firm that was holding children, including toddlers, in a vacant office building after being separated from their parents. She was previously a staff writer at Grist, where she wrote about the intersection of race and the environment. She also was the news editor at Colorlines and a writer for The Nation. Bogado is based in Oakland, California.