Fall Conference 2019

Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations

November 15-16, University of Vermont

Plenary Sessions

Fri 15

The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Author Gish Jen

November 15, 2019
7:30 pm
- 9:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Author of The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, Gish Jen offers a provocative and essential look at the different ideas Eastern and Western cultures have about self and society. What’s more important—self-sacrifice or self-definition? Do we ultimately answer to something larger than ourselves—a family, a religion, a troop? Or is our mantra “To thine own self be true”? Read More »
Sat 16

“Whose Land Have I Come to Now?”: The Foreigner in Homer’s Odyssey (Part 1)

November 16, 2019
9:30 am
- 10:45 am
Odysseus was a refugee who sought repeatedly to survive among alien landscapes and foreign peoples. Carol Dougherty, Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, explains how the Odyssey prompts us to consider questions about the foreigner beyond “Who is he?” or “Where is he from?” (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 16

Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way

November 16, 2019
1:15 pm
- 2:30 pm
Beginning in the mid-19th century, Jewish male immigrants to the United States found a living through a familiar occupation. In doing so they learned much about America, and Americans learned about them. Dr. Hasia Diner, Professor of American Jewish history at New York University, explores the experience of these on-the-road peddlers. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 16

Kinan Azmeh Cityband

November 16, 2019
5:00 pm
- 6:30 pm
Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh weaves the mesmerizing sounds of his native Syria into a form of haunting and celebratory Arabic Jazz with his ensemble, CityBand. We present this special treat to close our conference through a partnership with the UVM Lane Series. (Tickets required.) Read More »