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Center for Global and Area Studies launches spring lecture series

The Center for Global and Area Studies’ spring lecture series, “Mapping the Global Migration Net,” will launch on Thursday, Feb. 14, with a discussion and film screening from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Room 116 Purnell Hall.

The series, which is free and open to the public, will continue at the same time each Thursday that UD is in session through May 16.

Subtitled “Border Crossing, Technology and Human Rights in Our Global Journeys,” the series focuses on the journeys of clandestine migrants from the perspective of the migrants themselves, as well of researchers, humanitarians, policymakers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Scholars from the College of Arts and Sciences and from across the U.S. who study migration in various parts of the world will take part in the series. Speakers will include Dr. Unni Karunakara, former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) on May 9 and Carol Bachelor, director of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees’ Division of International Protection on April 25.

In addition, three of the meetings will be experimental sessions featuring real-time feeds in which the voices of resettled and clandestine migrants will be heard and a musical performance art session in which students will participate.

The inaugural session on Feb. 14 is a talk and film screening by documentary filmmaker Charles Fairbanks, who will discuss his film “The Modern Jungle.”

The film is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Made in collaboration with Saul Kak, an ethnically Zoque painter from Chiapas, Mexico, “The Modern Jungle” has won awards at film festivals.

Fairbanks’ talk is titled “Visualizing Mobility and Changing Lives.”

The series will continue with the following speakers and topics:

Feb. 21, Malasree Neepa Acharya of the Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Horn Entrepreneurship program at UD, “Mapping the Migration Net: Interconnecting Worlds.”

Feb. 28, Noelle Brigden of Marquette University, “The Migrant Passage: Clandestine Journeys from Central America.”

March 7, Stephen Ruszczyk of Montclair State University, “Moral Career of Migrant Il/Legality: Undocumented Youths in NYC and Paris Negotiating Deportability and Regularization.”

March 14, Cristina Dragomir of Columbia University, “On the Move: Contradictory Practices of Citizenship in South Asia.”

March 21, Lisa Poggiali of the University of Pennsylvania, “Waiting to Move, Moving to Wait: Security in the Age of Mass Displacement.”

March 28, “Resettled Voices: Live Conversation from Thessaloniki and Berlin” moderated from Lampedusa by Giacomo Orsini of the Université Catholique de Louvain.

April 11, Phillip Ayoub of Occidental College, “Migrant Communities and Diaspora Impact in Facilitating Transnational Queer Mobilizations.”

April 18, Pablo Dominguez Galbraith of Princeton University, “Crossing Mexico: Arts, Migration and Ecologies of Migrant Care in the Americas.”

April 25, Live conversation from Athens, Geneva and Newark, Delaware, with U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration delegates, moderated from Brussels by Radostina Primova, program director for climate change, Heinrich Böll Foundation.

May 2, “Performing Migration: Live Sound Art Performance Premiere of {interventions}” by Neepa Acharya, Baroque violin; John Walthausen, keyboards; and international performance artists. The location for this session will be announced later.

May 9, Dr. Unni Karunakara, former international president, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

May 16, Malasree Neepa Acharya, “Border Crossing, Technology and Human Rights in Our Global World: How We Empower our Shared Journeys” with guests, students Casey Moore and Ariana Gannon.

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