Migrations is a three-month, Princeton community-wide series of events exploring the movement of people, animals, and ideas around the globe. The Hun School is a proud sponsor and participant, offering three on-campus events now through April 2018.
The series, occurring now through mid-May, involves thirty Princeton-area organizations, including Princeton University. Events include lectures, art installations, films, and performances. For a full listing of events, please visit Princeton Migrations
On February 1st, author Sonia Nazario, spoke to Hun students about her years-long investigation of immigration. Later that evening, she gave a public talk at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Her 2006, bestselling book Enrique’s Journey, on the migration of children and families from Central America to the U.S., was based in part on her Pulitzer-Prize winning reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Her talk was co-sponsored by The Hun School, Nassau Presbyterian, and the Princeton Public Library.
Ms. Nazario said solutions for reducing undocumented immigration lie not on the political right or left, but somewhere in the middle. She proposes enacting more programs in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, where many undocumented immigrants from the South originate, to reduce crime and increase economic opportunity for them in their home countries.
“They are fleeing for their lives, fleeing the violence,” said Ms. Nazario, noting that it is more economical to try to address problems in their home countries than tracking down and deporting people once they are here.
Crossing Borders by Yannis Behrakis
The Hun School is hosting two more Migrations
events in the coming weeks. One is the art installation Crossing Borders.
The exhibit examines the flight of refugees through Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Yannis Behrakis’ pictures of the recent migrant crisis in Greece. Also part of the exhibit are images by Hun students and faculty who travelled to the U.S-Mexico border in October
to explore the many sides of the migration issue. They visited ranchers, border patrol, refugee shelters, and immigration court. The exhibit is on display through April 30; hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact Pauline McKean
to visit outside of these hours.
Screening of Salam Neighbor by Chris Temple
Finally, on March 6th
at 7:00 p.m., award-winning humanitarian, activist, and filmmaker Chris Temple will show his film Salam Neighbor
, about the Syrian refugee crisis, at The Hun School. He and his co-creator lived in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp while making the film. Available on Netflix, the film has been viewed millions of times. The screening is open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Temple.