The San Diego World Affairs Council presents the
Distinguished Speaker "Soft Power" Series
Professor of Political Science, University of San Diego
"Sewn together: Global storytelling for Social Justice with special insights on social justice issues in Ukraine-Russia-Belarus today"
Interviewed by Sahar Kalantar
About Corinne Goria
Corinne E. Goria, J.D. is the author of Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy (Voice of Witness 2014), a collection of oral histories highlighting human and labor rights struggles in the global economy.
It was selected as part of The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2015, and has been featured in Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Yes Magazine, and Truthout.
Kirkus Reviews writes: "Powerful and revealing testimony to the injustices of manual labor, infused with inspiration for global change...San Diego lawyer Goria assembles a series of eye-opening interviews by people hidden in the trenches of manual labor, a flourishing trade eclipsed by workplace grievances and global economic stratification. This unique compilation of histories demands attention and collectively has the impetus to inspire change." Invisible Hands is currently taught at colleges and universities across the country.
Professor Goria is also an Assistant Editor of Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives (McSweeney's 2008), a collection of oral histories from undocumented immigrants in the United States, which was featured on NPR and in The Guardian.
Corinne Goria writes fiction and socially-engaged nonfiction and is an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of San Diego and in the Creative Writing Department at San Diego State University. Prior to teaching, Corinne Goria practiced immigration law in California for over a decade and currently lives in San Diego with her family.
Professor Goria received a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from UC Hastings College of Law, a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing & MA in English from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. from UC Berkeley in International Conflict and Development.
About Sahar Kalantar
Sahar Kalantar is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in International Relations program at USD.
She was born and raised in Iran and was able to come to the US as an asylum seeker in 2015. Sahar graduated from UCSD in 2019 with a BA in international studies-political science and minor in human rights specializing in the Middle East region.
In 2021 she had the pleasure to join International Rescue Committee as a resettlement case manger for Refugees and Afghan placement assistance programs and has been working there ever since.