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, Burlington

Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations

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, or to find a better life for their children.

Join us at our 46th annual Fall Conference as we examine the most human of quests: the search for home.

Plenary speakers

  • Essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon
    Laymon is the author of the celebrated memoir, Heavy. In his observant, often hilarious work, he does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place.
  • Kinan Azmeh and CityBand
    Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. He weaves the mesmerizing sounds of his native Syria into a highly original form of Arabic jazz. Concert presented with the UVM Lane Series.
  • Dr. Hasia Diner from New York University
    Dr. Diner discusses the great Jewish migrations to the New World, and the peddlers who forged the way.
  • Professor Carol Dougherty from Wellesley College
    Professor Dougherty examines how Homer’s Odyssey prompts us to consider how we respond to a foreigner’s arrival.