Other BC & Boston-Area Events

Fiction Days Presents: Dina Nayeri: The Ungrateful Refugee

Wednesday, October 20
7:00 PM, online (registration below)

Part of the Lowell Humanities Series at BC

Dina Nayeri is the author of The Ungrateful Refugee, a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her essay of the same name was one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in The Guardian. A 2019 Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination Fellow, winner of the 2018 UNESCO City of Literature Paul Engle Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts literature grant (2015), O. Henry Prize (2015), Best American Short Stories (2018), and fellowships from the McDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, and Yaddo, her stories and essays have been published by The New York TimesNew York Times MagazineThe GuardianLos Angeles TimesNew YorkerGranta New VoicesWall Street Journal, and many others. Her debut novel, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea (2013) was translated to 14 languages. Her second novel, Refuge (2017) was a New York Times editor’s choice. She holds a BA from Princeton, an MBA from Harvard, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow. She lives in Paris.

Dina Nayeri will give a reading from The Ungrateful Refugee, followed by a moderated conversation and audience Q&A. In The Ungrateful Refugee, Nayeri asks what it is to be a refugee, to grapple with your place in society, attempting to reconcile the life you have known with a new, unfamiliar home. All this while bearing the burden of gratitude in your host nation: the expectation that you should be forever thankful for the space you have been allowed. Aged eight, Dina Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother, and lived in the crumbling shell of an Italian hotel-turned–refugee camp. Eventually she was granted asylum in America. She settled in Oklahoma, then made her way to Princeton. In this book, Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers in recent years, bringing us inside their daily lives and taking us through the different stages of their journeys, from escape to asylum to resettlement.

Cosponsored by the Fiction Days Series and the English Department.

Please note this is a virtual event. Register here: https://bccte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i0joW6dESOOqgLbYXx5-SQ

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The Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants and Root Causes of Migration

by Mahindra Humanities Center

Thu, Oct 21, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT, online

The Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants is searching for disappeared loved ones and demanding concrete changes in migration policy.

For the past seventeen years, the Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants has traveled across Mexico searching for disappeared loved ones and demanding concrete changes in migration policy. For the first time, this fall, four mothers will continue their pilgrimage into the United States. In an event moderated by Kirsten Weld, madres will engage in conversation with Suyapa Portillo Villeda and Jorge E. Cuéllar to discuss the criminalization of migration and the root causes of displacement, as well as ongoing efforts to locate the disappeared. This conversation will focus not only on the right to migrate but centers the voices of those struggling to stay and thrive in their homelands.About the EventThis event (and the caravan) is co-organized by Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, Migrant Roots Media, and Pax Christi USA. This event will be available in English and Spanish.

More information and register for Oct. 21

Reimaginar el acompañamiento psicosocial: centrar la socialidad encarnada de familias a través de las fronteras

Invited address by Center co-director Dr. M. Brinton Lykes

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 10:00AM-11:30AM EDT, online

Address will be given in Spanish

Part of a two-day Conference on Psychosocial resources for Migrants and their Families (Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, October 21—22) hosted online by the Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala.

Conference info and how to attend online

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Patria y Vida: The Current Cuban Crisis

Monday, Oct. 25  8:00PM EDT, McGuinn 121, Boston College

Hosted by hosted by the BC Organization of Latin American Affairs (OLAA) and the Cuban-American Student Association (CASA)

Featuring Boston College Assistant Professor of History María de los Angeles Picone and Director of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Scholars Program, Erin Goodman

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Critically engaging the borders of belonging and citizenship: Im/migrants’ strategies of mutual solidarity and resistance

A panel part of the CRITICAL MIGRATION STUDIES CONFERENCE. hosted online by the University of San Francisco, November 1-2

Panel information:

Monday, November 1, 5-6:30 pm EDT, online

Center co-director Dr. M. Brinton Lykes, BC Lynch School of Education and Human Development doctoral student Bri Diaz, BC Lynch School of Education and Human Development Professor Raquel Muñiz and two former CHRIJ students, Dr. Emilia Bianco and others will present on the panel

Discussant: Yvette Flores, Professor of Psychology in Chicana/o Studies at U.C. Davis and incoming president of SCRA

The panel will highlight work on different migration-based issues in the U.S. at varying levels in scope, from archival work on undocumented student activism at a California Jesuit college to a critical policy analysis of Supreme Court decisions. This panel aims to bring together scholars and practitioners, all of whom teach or were educated in Jesuit institutions, to hopefully address a couple questions: 1) how can we challenge damage- and resilient-centered discursive constructions of “migrants”; 2) how can we employ critical perspectives and methodologies and center migrants' voices and experiences in our work; and 3) how can we both leverage the power of Jesuit institutions and our collective power as activists, scholars, and practitioners to support immigrant and refugee communities? 

Conference site and registration: https://www.usfmasterinmigrationstudies.org/conference-2021

Transitional Justice in the USA Speakers Series

Part II, Panel 1: How do we honor indigenous ways of knowing in the quest for truth, justice and healing for American Indian boarding schools?

Organized by the Center for International Law and Policy at New England Law

Nov 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time, online

This panel will focus on past and recent truth initiatives on the forced assimilation of Native children through boarding schools and the child welfare system. Indigenous leaders will reflect on the experience of the Maine Wabanaki-Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Federal bill to create a national truth commission and the official investigations launched by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland this past summer, upon the revelation of mass graves located at boarding schools. The panel will explore how to open the way to transformative justice, overcoming standardized or colonized transitional justice models. The panel is convened in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.


Professor Cheryl Suzack (Batchewana First Nations), Associate Professor at the Department of English and Aboriginal Studies Program, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto


Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Chief Executive Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Sandy White Hawk, former Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission & founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation (FNRI)

Brenda Gunn, Academic and Research Director from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law


Institute for the Study of Genocide

2021 Lemkin Award Ceremony

Beyond Repair? Mayan Women's Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm 

Alison Crosby and M. Brinton Lykes 

Thursday, November 11 
5:30PM ET/ 4:30PM CT/ 2:30PM PT
This event will be held via Zoom 

The biennial Lemkin Award honors Raphael Lemkin, the originator of the term "genocide" and exponent of the UN Genocide Convention. The award recognizes the best non-fiction work focusing on genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross human rights violations, and on strategies of prevention. 

The 2021 recipients are Alison Crosby, Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and former Director of the Centre for Feminist Research (2014-2019) at York University in Toronto, Canada and M. Brinton Lykes, Co-Director, Center for Human Rights & International Justice and Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology at Boston College.

Their book Beyond Repair? Mayan Women's Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm explores Mayan women’s agency in the search for redress for harm suffered during the genocidal violence perpetrated by the Guatemalan state in the early 1980s at the height of the thirty-six-year armed conflict. It draws on eight years of feminist participatory action research conducted with fifty-four Q’eqchi’, Kaqchikel, Chuj, and Mam women who are seeking truth, justice, and reparation for the violence they experienced during the war, and the women’s rights activists, lawyers, psychologists, Mayan rights activists, and researchers who have accompanied them as intermediaries for over a decade.

Introduction and comments by CLIHHR Director Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum (Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law); ISG President Joyce Apsel (NYU); and ISG Executive Director Ernesto Verdeja (University of Notre Dame). A discussion and audience Q&A with the authors will follow. 

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