The world is on the move. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the lives of millions of people are being shaped by the experience of migration. Every continent has been touched by this massive movement of people: as an area of immigration, emigration or as a transit area — and often as all three at once. This lecture starts with an analysis of the most current data on global migration and then proceeds, via Lacan, to a Tolstoyesque reflection on why, when it comes to immigration, all the families of the advanced, post-industrial world are unhappy in the same way.
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. The author of the award-winning 2008 book Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society, his recent research focuses on the confluence of education and globalization.
Co-sponsored with The Center for A Public Anthropology.