WestportREADS 2019: Migration Today in the Sweep of History

Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Why do people move? Is migrating an inherent instinct or would history tell us that humans gravitate to a sedentary lifestyle?

The United Nations Association Southwest CT will explore the richness of global culture that results with migrations in this discussion moderated by Alex Anvari. Whether your life is lived in one place— or that every generation of your ancestors had a migration, immigration or emigration story among their intimates—your experience of life will dramatically vary based on interactions with people on the move. In the spirit of WestportREADS, this will be a community conversation on why people move, how these migrations affect ecosystems and policies countries (and subunits) implement related to migrations. This discussion of the themes novelized by Mohsin Hamid in Exit West will raise awareness of our shared interest that a well-designed and executed immigration framework also be multi-lateral-compatible.

Migration-themed refreshments will be available.

Azrah Karim Rajput is Policy Officer and an expert on migration policies at the International Organization for Migration IOM established 1951. Working with 169 member states, 8 observer states andnumerous international and non-governmental organizations, IOM helps ensure the orderly and humane management of migration.

Robert Riggs is a scholar who has researched, taught, and written about forced migrations, conflict, and the transformation of sectarian identities in the recent history in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. He will present the historical context of movement and mixing of peoples, ideas and technologies. War, strife, persecution, work, weather, and even boredom are all part of the story.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Partner: United Nations Association Southwest CT







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