The topic of migration commands a central role in contemporary policy debates, social activism and local, national and international media. Sterling College invites the public to attend a free talk by Dr. Serin Houston on the scope, impacts and activism related to current migration, to be held in the 1958 Room in Simpson Hall on Sterling’s campus on Sunday, October 7, at 12:00 p.m.
Houston is an assistant professor of Geography and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. Her presentation, “Contextualizing the Migration ‘Crisis:’ Patterns, Practices and Protests,” will situate contemporary migrant justice activism in the United States against the backdrop of global migration flows and the criminalization of movement.
Houston will also be a guest in faculty member Carol Dickson’s Foundations of Environmental Humanities class to discuss climate-induced migration, looking at examples from her research in the Pacific region and examining the role of artists. Foundations of Environmental Humanities considers a wide range of cultural text, including poetry, film, comics and carvings, to explore how cultural production both grows from and contributes to our relationships with specific landscapes. Focusing on the theme of movements and migrations, the class investigates how cultural migrations have led to cultural adaptations, which, in turn, both emerge from and contribute to unique relationships to places.
Houston has a longstanding connection with Sterling College, having lived in the dorms as an infant and growing up on campus with her parents, Susie Houston and faculty emeritus Ned Houston.
For more information about this event, please call 802-586-7711. The 1958 Room is located in Simpson Hall, 1322 N. Craftsbury Rd | Craftsbury Common, VT 05827.