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April 2022

RIT Integration Conference & Arts Festival

April 23, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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September 2022

Fletcher Coffee Hour hosted by the Leir Institute

September 15, 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for refreshments and learn more about the Leir Institute's new mission, programs, and events.  This event is for the Tufts community. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page on MyFletcher.

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2nd Annual Migration Luncheon

September 21, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Leir Institute's annual Migration Luncheon showcases our migration-related programs and opportunities for students to get involved. Dave's Fresh Pasta sandwiches will be served. This event is for the Tufts community and capacity is limited. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page on MyFletcher.  

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Waylaid in Tijuana Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

September 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security and Fletcher Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host a screening of Prof. Katrina Burgess's 2019 documentary, Waylaid in Tijuana (waylaidintijuana.net). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Prof. Burgess and the Latin American Studies Program's Jorge E. Cuéllar, NEHC-Mellon Faculty of Color Working Group Fellow. Food will be served to attendees to close the event. Waylaid in Tijuana explores how immigration…

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October 2022

Does Skill Make Us Human? Migrant Workers in 21st-Century Qatar and Beyond with Professor Natasha Iskander

October 4, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

This event is co-hosted by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies and the Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security. Natasha N. Iskander, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, conducts research on the relationship between migration and economic development. She looks at the ways that immigration and the movement of people across borders can provide the basis for the creation of new knowledge and of new pathways for political…

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Book Talk: Javier Zamora’s Solito

October 19, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Tufts Arts & Sciences and the Leir Institute for an evening with author Javier Zamora, whose debut novel, Solito, was published in September 2022. In Solito, Javier retells his nine-week odyssey across Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually through the Sonoran Desert. He travelled unaccompanied by boat, bus, and foot. After a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Javier managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. Read the NYT review of the book here. Bio: Javier…

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Refugees in Towns Case Writers’ Panel: Challenges of Inclusivity & Integration in Southern Africa

October 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Cabot 7th Floor, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Join us at a virtual roundtable with migrants and refugees of different backgrounds working and living in the southern Africa region, who have authored (or are authoring) case reports for the Refugees in Towns project! Come learn more about crucial issues facing migrants and refugees in the region, particularly challenges of long-term inclusion and integration. Participating case writers include:   Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti - Makhanda, South Africa Felix Tapilira Chilumpha - Gaborone, Botswana Mwaona Nyirongo - Johannesburg, South Africa/Mangochi, Malawi;…

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November 2022

Digital Portfolios of the Poor: Brown Bag with Senior Sociolinguist Derry Moore

November 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Murrow Room (Goddard 210), 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

The Leir Institute, in partnership with social research firm Decodis, will host a brown bag discussion with Decodis Senior Sociolinguist Derry Moore. Moore will discuss the innovative sociolinguistic methods used in Leir and Decodis's new project, Digital Portfolios of the Poor (DPP). DPP's tech-led methods enable researchers to conduct qualitative research remotely and at scale, giving respondents the space to talk in their own language and dialect. Moore will elaborate on the sociolinguistic methods used to analyze voice recordings of…

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Digital Portfolios of the Poor: Program Launch

November 16, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mugar 200, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02155 United States

Join the Leir Institute and social research company Decodis for the public launch of Digital Portfolios of the Poor! The launch event will feature remarks from the Gates Foundation's Dr. Kanwaljit Singh, Leir Director Prof. Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor of Cyber Security Josephine Wolff, and Leir Senior Fellow and Decodis founder Dr. Daryl Collins. Academic Dean Kelly Sims Gallagher will make introductions. Digital Portfolios of the Poor is a research project designed to understand the gendered differences in digital lives…

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Leir Institute Research Symposium

November 30, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Join current Fletcher students presenting capstone research supported by the Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security. Presentations include: -Rohini Roy, "How can queer theory inform urban poverty narratives, guide data collection and analysis for better public policy? Building a critical vocabulary for queer inclusion in urban poverty interventions." -Rachid Sow, "Examining the Implications of Gender in Peace processes in Latin America: Colombia v. Venezuela" -Maricarmen Corte, "Human, all too human: Rediscovering Humanity in Technological Domains" Dinner will be provided…

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