Refuge/Refugee Lecture Series - Spring 2017

Safia Elhillo: "Readings from The January Children"

March 16; 4 pm
152 Shideler Hall

Safia Elhillo’s first full-length collection, The January Children, released March of 2017 (University of Nebraska Press). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary, and The Poetry Foundation's Poetry Incubator. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, her work has been translated into Arabic and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me. Safia is an alum and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Team, and a founding member of New York University’s Slam NYU, and has shared her work on platforms including TEDxNewYork, BBC World Service, and the South African State Theater.

Carl T. Dahlman: "Asylum Surrendered: Redefining the Political in Non-Extradition Protections for Refugees"

March 30; 2:30 pm
002 Upham Hall

Carl T. Dahlman is Director and Professor of International Studies in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University.


Michel Agier: "From Calais to the World: New Reflections on the Place of Stateless (De Calais au monde: Nouvelles réflexions sur le lieu des Sans-Etat)"

April 4; 4 pm
152 Shideler Hall

Michel Agier is the Director of Studies at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Contemporary Anthropology at L’École des Hautes Études en Social Sciences. He is a French scholar, and author of myriad texts and articles on refugees, camps, and borders, most recently of Borderlands: Towards an Anthropology of the Cosmopolitan Condition; Managing the Undesirables: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Government; and On the Margins of the World: The Refugee Experience Today.


Mimi Thi Nguyen: "The Promise of Beauty"

April 6; 4 pm
152 Shideler

Mimi Thi Nguyen is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages and of the forthcoming The Promise of Beauty.


Tani Sebro: "Moving Dangerously: Necromobility in the Thai-Burma (Myanmar) Border-Zone and Beyond"

April 20; 2:30 pm
002 Upham Hall

Tani Sebro is an Assistant Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University.