[PAST EVENT] Human Rights Lecture by Dr. Will Moore

September 15, 2011
McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 20
251 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
"Why Abandon Home? Dissent, Repression & Forced Migration."

Apart from being forced to by nature, few Americans have picked up what they can carry and left behind their housing, possessions, jobs and communities due to the belief that their physical person, property or even life was at risk should they not do so. Yet if we examine news coverage of violent political conflicts over the past decades, we will encounter stories of thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands -- in a few cases, millions -- of people doing precisely that.

Forced migration is the salacious, shocking "other side" of migration that is largely ignored. Regrettably, the information available on this topic frequently views it through the lens of a morality play with a Manichean plot: evil politicians and/or dissidents victimize unsuspecting innocents. What has scientific inquiry to offer? Professor Moore will address both what we know and what we do not understand well about this intriguing and tragic human process.

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