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IDS 101: Biopolitics of People on the Move: Getting Started

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Helping hands and the continents behind








Biopolitics of People on the Move

Are you trying to make sense of global news events describing stories and showing images of people on the move, fleeing war-torn, climate devastated, and otherwise troubled nations? This College Colloquium will address these recent demographic trends or human flows, as artist activist Ai Weiwei describes them. According to the UN International Organization for Migration, the number of international migrants living in a country other than their country of birth has more than tripled since 1970. What are the historic foundations and global health implications of this human movement? How do people decide where to go when forced to leave their homelands? What socioeconomic issues do governments consider when deciding to grant individuals asylum or deny entry to refugees? By reading from an array of news sources and literary genres, screening short films, and participating in local actions in support of newly resettled refugees, students will learn about the lived experiences of people on the move from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Central and South America and elsewhere. They will learn about the political forces and ethical considerations associated with how various governmental entities come to decide who is and who is not “entitled” or “deemed worthy” to receive protective status, work permits, and access to health and other benefits. The latter half of the course will focus on positive stories of extraordinary courage and how migrants, asylees, and refugees strive to overcome obstacles in their efforts to integrate into their host countries.

Course taught by: Joyce Millen                                                                                         

Colloquium Associate: Jasmine Shigeno

Campus Partner:  Reyna Meyers

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