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On the Move: AAA Events at the 2017 Folklife Festival

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May 23, 2017

On the Move: Migration Across Generations

The AAA's latest public education initiative World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration is collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution to support special programming at this year's Folklife Festival, June 29-July 4 and July 6-9 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. 

The 2017 On the Move program explores how American culture has been shaped by the movement of people to and within the United States, focusing on the perspectives of youth, past and present. It invites intergenerational conversations about the interplay of migration, creativity, and culture.

Join the AAA on the National Mall and explore how American communities and cultures are transformed by the movements, displacements, and interactions of diverse populations. Together we will learn and share how to build inclusive communities across the country.

“Migration Talk Stories”  Thursday, June 29, 1:15 – 2:00
Antoaneta Tileva (American University)

Antoaneta Tileva will facilitate conversation about her current research on the gentrification and economic displacement of African-American communities in DC that are later populated by immigrants from East Africa and Latin America. 

“Childhoods in Motion” Friday, June 30, 2:00 – 2:45
César Vargas, Yesenia Mata, Carlos Vargas, Hina Naveed (DREAM Action Coalition), Citlalli Alvarez

This group of Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who were able to apply for work permits and temporary protection from deportation, will share their experiences migrating to the US and the challenges they faced to secure their residency. Citlalli Alvarez, an anthropology graduate of Georgetown University who is also a Dreamer, will be moderating this session.

“From Crisis to Intervention: Narrating on behalf refugees” Thursday, July 6, 2:00 - 2:45
Caroline Brennan (Catholic Relief Services)

Caroline Brennan serves as an emergency correspondent for Catholic Relief Services, she will be presenting on her travels to regions of the world that are in crisis and how she interviewed people to capture the reality of their struggles living as a refugee or in a place of war.

Learn more about Folklife Festival programming here


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