Fall Conference 2019

Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations

November 15-16, University of Vermont

Plenary Sessions

Fri 15

Kiese Laymon

November 15
7:30 pm
- 9:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
In his observant, often hilarious work, Kiese Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. He is the author of the powerful and provocative memoir "Heavy." Read More »
Sat 16

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

November 16
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
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
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 »