Where on Earth: The Refugee Emergency
When: Thursday, April 26
Where: Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College: 695 Park Ave.
What time: 3–4:30 p.m.
With Ishmael Beah, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Laila Lalami, Saadi Youssef; moderated by Russell Banks
Free and open to the public. No reservations.
Co-sponsored by The Hunter College MFA Program in Creative Writing
Characters and stories give a human face to the statistics and newspaper reports of forced and voluntary migration. Whether based on a personal experience of exile and displacement—as in the cases of Saadi Youssef, who fled Iraq, and Ishmael Beah, who was a child soldier in Sierra Leone—or on the closely observed and intensely imagined experiences of others, the work of these writers give us new insights into and understandings of a global catastrophe. The discussion will be moderated by Russell Banks, author of 15 works of fiction, including, most recently, The Darling.