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Amitav Ghosh - The Great Uprooting: Migration & Movement in the Age of Climate Change

Uptown Campus
Kendall Cram in Lavin-Bernick Center

It has long been predicted that climate change will lead to large-scale displacements of population and mass migration. Is it possible to look at the European ‘migrant crisis’ of recent years through this prism? This, and many other related questions, prompted me to travel to migrant camps in Italy in 2017, to interview migrants whose languages I am familiar with: that is to say speakers of Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. This talk is an attempt to identify some of the underlying patterns in the stories I was told by the migrants, in their own languages.

Tulane Professors Amalia Leguizamón and Jesse Keenan will deliver responses to Ghosh's presentation.  Q&A afterwards will be moderated by Dean Brian Edwards.

This is part of the Carole Barnette Boudreaux '65 Great Writers Series, which is a literary series supported by the Carole Barnette Boudreaux ’65 Creative Writer Endowed Fund, which was established in 2018 by a generous donation to the School of Liberal Arts by Tulane alumni Carole B. and Kenneth J. Boudreaux. Carole Barnette Boudreaux received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Newcomb College in 1965 and earned a Master of Education degree from the University of New Orleans in 1973.

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