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Cleveland Humanities Festival - Immigration

Case Western Reserve University

  • Date Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Monday, April 24, 2017
Case Western Reserve University

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Imagination and Diaspora in Peter Balakian’s Poetry and Prose
Date: Fri. March 24th, 2017, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road

Peter Balakian, Pulitzer-prize winning Armenian American poet and writer and the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of Humanities at Colgate University, will discuss the impact of the post genocide Armenian diaspora in his poetry and his memoir Black Dog of Fate. He will explore how the impact of the history of exile and uprooting can inflect and shape literary imagination and in doing so help create a wider understanding of the legacy of traumatic history.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Armenian Cultural Organization.

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.

Muslim in America: A Conversation with Ayad Akhtar
Date: Mon. March 27th, 2017, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

Pulitzer Priayadze winning playwright Ayad Akhtar discusses the Muslim experience in America with Justine Howe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, published in over twenty languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. His stage play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Play House.

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.

Whose Country is This? Undocumented Migrant Children and Youth in the United States after the 2016 Presidential Election
Date: Tue. March 28th, 2017, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Location: CWRU, Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

Following the 2014 surge of Central American and Mexican children across the U.S.-Mexican border and the 2016 election of a president committed to ending illegal immigration, Susan Terri, Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University, charts the ongoing legal, political and social challenges they face after apprehension by immigration authorities and release into U.S. communities.

This event is sponsored by the Schubert Center for Child Studies, CWRU.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration recommended.

Film Screening and Discussion – I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans
Date: Wed. March 29th, 2017, 4:30 pm-7:00 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road

In America, nearly one student in four is a child of immigration. How America fares in welcoming immigrants will determine our identity for the years to come. This film follows five immigrant teenagers over the course of one year at the International High School at Lafayette, a public high school in Brooklyn, NY dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world. By walking in the shoes of five complex (and in some ways, typical) teenagers who encounter everything from learning a new language, adapting to families they haven’t seen in years, to social pressure and visa uncertainties while coming of age in a new land — schools, communities, and their leaders have come to understand how these children– and the millions like them throughout the USA – are an integral part of America today. A discussion about how we welcome today’s immigrants in this country, facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves staff, will immediately follow the film screening.

This events is co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Free and open to the public.

Who Should Enter the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective
Date: Thu. March 30th, 2017, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

The current debate about immigration often neglects or misinterprets past “policies” that have related to immigration and citizenship in the United States. In his talk John Grabowski, CWRU’s Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History and Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society, provides a broad historical perspective on not only the creation (or, indeed, the absence) of policy relating to immigration to the United States but on the manner in which citizens and policymakers chose to see immigrants and immigration in relation to economic, social, and political issues over time.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU.

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.

The Pox Hunter
Date: Thu. March 30th, 2017, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location: Dittrick Medical History Museum, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

On April 1, 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote her famous “Letter to a Friend” from the Turkish Embassy, describing the process of smallpox inoculation. With that letter, she became one of the earliest vaccination advocates, joined over the next three hundred years by celebrities and scientists, pop culture icons and heads of state, patients and game developers. In her talk Lisa Rosner, Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at Stockton University, will explore the colorful and controversial history of vaccine advocacy, the most successful public health measure its beneficiaries love to hate.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dittrick Medical History Museum, CWRU and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU.

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.

When Away Becomes Home: The Refugee Crisis and Opportunities for Welcome in Northeast Ohio
Date: Fri. March 31st, 2017, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: MOCA Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Several organizations in Northeast Ohio are actively engaged in resettling individuals and families who have fled from their homelands. What are the stories of these people? And “how are they successfully integrating into our communities, bringing their skills and perspectives to a region poised for growth, but needing some additional resources? That is the subject of the conversation moderated by Wendy Pearlman, the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor at Northwestern University. Prof. Pearlman’s book, We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (HarperCollins, June 2017), explores the lived experience of the Syrian uprising, war, and refugee crisis. She will be joined on the podium by Justine Howe, Assistant Professor in the CWRU Department of Religious Studies, and representatives from Global Cleveland and the International Institute of Akron.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU, Global Cleveland, the International Institute of Akron and MOCA Cleveland.

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.

Building Bridges: Fixing the Immigration Issue and Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Relations
Date: Mon. April 3rd, 2017, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

Immigration reform has long been a priority for President Vicente Fox, who, during his time in office, worked with then-President George W. Bush to negotiate immigration policy. Since leaving office, President Fox continues to emphasize the importance of immigration reform with the goal of building bridges and why America must establish sensible pathways for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. In his speech, President Fox will addresse why immigration reform is crucial not just for America and Mexico, but for the global community at large: “Mexico and other nations consider U.S. immigration reform important because we know our citizens will continue to migrate in search of job opportunities and a better quality of life, with freedom and respect for human rights.”

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU.

Free and open to the public. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

The Art of Nidhi Chanani
Date: Wed. April 5th, 2017, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Artist Nidhi Chanani is currently working on her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, to be published by First Second Books in 2017, about Priyanka Das, an Indian-American teenage girl. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Chanani’s own experiences inspired Priyanka’s story.

Cleveland Humanities Festival - Immigration

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