Fall Conference 2019

Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations

November 15-16, University of Vermont

November 15–16, 2019

Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont

Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations

It’s human nature to travel in search of home. Our era has seen some of the largest human migrations in recorded history, with hundreds of thousands of people on the move on every continent. While some journey for personal fulfillment, others seek to escape violence, and to find a better life for their children.

Image of migrant workers beside carOur Fall Conference 2019 will explore what drives people to leave their homes, what they learn along their route, and what they find when they arrive. We’ll consider texts such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and study seismic events such as the Great Migration of African Americans to northern industrial cities in the 20th century.

We’ll look at the current exodus from places such as Syria and Central America, and also examine journeys for personal achievement and spiritual longing, such as hiking the Long Trail or making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Join us as we look at the human search for home through multiple humanities disciplines at the 2019 Vermont Humanities Fall Conference.

We’ll post the full conference details in August!