For five years Francisco Cantú was a patrol agent on the US–Mexico border, a deadly crossroads for human trafficking and drug smuggling. Hailed by Vulture as among the most exciting releases for 2018, Francisco’s memoir, The Line Becomes a River, details how he quit his job, then saw a fuller picture emerge after an undocumented friend was detained. A Fulbright scholar whose work has appeared on This American Life and in n+1, Francisco speaks to Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams about “the ways which we normalise violence and dehumanise migrants as individuals and as a society.”

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing and as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters), as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.