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Migration, Modernity, and Literacy

Annual Symposium

Migration, Modernity, and Literacy Symposium

"What does a child - any child, but especially a migrant child - born into modernity need to know in order to survive, thrive, and flourish?"

      UHL's annual student-led symposium on Migration, Modernity, and Literacy took place on Wednesday, December 7th. For the second year running, UHL students tackled difficult questions about the place of migrant children in the modern world, focusing on the creation of an educational space tailored especially to meet the needs of these children. The students, who took the UHL class on Migration, Modernity, and Literacy with Dr. Manuel Espinoza, spent 16 weeks reading, writing, researching, and discussing this and other central questions. In addition to their in-class work, they also attended several focus group meetings with migrant students themselves. At the end of the semester, they presented their findings, conclusions, and final-for-now questions at the symposium, which was attended by their fellow UHLers, faculty, and the migrant students they had worked with. Intriguing questions were raised, answers offered, and discussion had in an environment that fostered communal inquiry and knowledge-building.

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