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The Arts of the Immigrant Continent (April 12, 2018)

The panel addressed Europe as an immigrant continent, and concentrated on the relation between immigration and art, by bringing together artists and scholars who work on diasporas and migrant art in major European cities.

Crossing the Mediterranean (February 27, 2018)

The International Organization of Migration reported that approximately 4000 migrants had died while trying to cross the ​Mediterranean Sea in the year of 2016, and approximately 3000 by the tenth month of 2017. This panel brought together an international group of scholars and journalists who spoke about the historical and contemporary traumatic experiences, such as deaths, accidents, colonization and forced migrations, suffered by those crossing the Mediterranean.

REM: A Film Screening and Q & A (March 13, 2018)

Director Tomas Koolhaas, participated in a Q&A, after a screening of his film REM, a documentary about his father, famed architect Rem Koolhaas. The Q&A was moderated by CIES Director, Esra Akcan.

Migration of Images (October 24, 2017)

Avinoam Shalem (Riggio Professor of the arts of Islam, Columbia University) and Saloni Mathur (Professor of Art History, UCLA) participated in a panel on "Migration of Images."

Will this robot take my job? (October 18, 2017)

Anxieties over the issue of migration and hostility towards immigrants seem partly related to automation and fears of unemployment. A panel of Cornell faculty addressed the relationship between migration and technology.

Outlawing Dissent: The Flight of Scholars to Europe (October 3, 2017)

Kader Konuk, Chair of Turkish Studies, Universität Duisburg-Essen, gave a talk entitled "Outlawing Dissent: The Flight of Scholars to Europe."

Area studies programs welcome new directors

Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) and Cornell Institute for European Studies (CIES) welcomed new faculty leadership this fall.

Lecture exposes reasons behind Poland refugee crisis and implied social issues in Poland

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Book discussion highlights analysis of the white working class in Europe and the US

In the midst of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the rise of populist right parties across the European continent, social scientists have begun to propose explanations for this transatlantic explosion of nationalism, populism, and push back against the forces of globalization. Justin Gest, an assistant professor of public policy from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, is one such social scientist, and his recent book The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, argues that feelings of marginalization by working class whites are a critical component of these anti-globalization trends.