Provost's Conversation Series

Seeking Refuge: Migration, Borders, and Belonging

Using literature and conversation to examine the complexities of immigration.

February 14, 2019

Sharon Bala

Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Last November she won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Her short fiction has won three Arts & Letters Awards and been widely published in literary magazines across the country.

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March 13, 2019

Mohsin Hamid

The Pakistan-born internationally bestselling author of Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia takes on ethnic identity, class disparity, and mass-urbanization in his bold, inventive work. Winner of the Betty Trask Award, a Pen/Hemingway finalist, and shortlisted for the Man Booker twice, most recently for Exit West, Mohsin Hamid has quickly emerged as a clarion voice of his generation.

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April 3, 2019

Francisco Cantú

Raised in the Southwest United States, Francisco Cantú's lifelong fascination with the border led him to find a job where he would experience its danger and heartbreak firsthand. He became a US border patrol agent, and over the next four years, he policed drug routes and smuggling corridors and tracked lost migrants across the desert. Now the author of a memoir about his experiences, he speaks with urgency, honesty, and empathy about how the border wreaks violence on both sides of the line.

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Event Schedule

Thursday,
February 14, 2019

Sharon Bala
The Boat People


Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday
March 13, 2019

Mohsin Hamid
Exit West


Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday,
April 3, 2019

Francisco Cantú
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border


Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Sharon Bala

 

Sharon Bala

Event Details

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
at 2:00pm

Free admission, Open to the public
Doors open 1:30 p.m.

For those unable to attend in person, we will be livestreaming the event here

Mohsin Hamid

 

Mohsin Hamid

Event Details

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
at 2:00pm

Free admission, Open to the public
Doors open 1:30 p.m.

Francisco Cantú

 

Francisco Cantú

Event Details

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
at 10:00 a.m.

Free admission, Open to the public
Doors open 9:30 a.m.

For those unable to attend in person, we will be livestreaming the event here.