Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greek camp leaving 13,000 without shelter

BBC News, September 9th 2020 | “Fires have destroyed Greece’s largest migrant camp, an overcrowded facility on the island of Lesbos, leaving nearly 13,000 people without shelter…”


Opening Event: Curators’ Talk

February 20th, 2020 | Discover the people, matter, and research behind the exhibition with the curatorial team, including Yannis Hamilakis, L. Darcy Hackley, Sherena Razek, and Ayşe Şanlı. 


March 2nd, 2020 | Poetry reading by Marwa Helal, in conversation with Eleni Sikelianos and the Transient Matter: Assemblages of Migration in the Mediterranean exhibition.

Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. She is the author of Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019) and winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest. She has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, Cave Canem, and is a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Supported by generous donors to the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum. This program is in partnership with the Literary Arts department.

The New Nomadic Age: Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration

July 15th, 2020 | Conversation with Yannis Hamilakis, hosted by the Columbia Global Centers, Amman.

The New Nomadic Age, edited by Yannis Hamilakis (Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Professor of Modern Greek Studies, Brown University), is the first archaeological anthology on the topic. The book takes up the challenge and explores the diverse intellectual, methodological, ethical, and political frameworks for an archaeology of forced and undocumented migration in the present. Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, joins Yannis Hamilakis in discussing this groundbreaking work.


Book cover - Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration

OPEN BORDERS: The Science and Ethics of Immigration
Written by Bryan Caplan, illustrated by Zach Weinersmith

Book Cover - Escape Routs

ESCAPE ROUTES: Control and Subversion in the Twenty-First Century
By Dimitris Papadopoulos, Niahm Stephenson, and Vassilis Tsianos

Book Cover - Land of Open Graves

THE LAND OF OPEN GRAVES: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail
by Jason De Leon (Author), Michael Wells (Photographer)


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