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Refugees, Asylees, Migrants and Trafficked Persons: Global Displacement in a Hostile Time

This community-based research seminar on migration combined anthropology and principles of activist research. With 65 million people forcibly displaced, and over 244 million more migrants living abroad worldwide, migration in its various forms is one of the most pressing human rights issues today. As an anthropology class, students read about the lived experience of migration—spotlighting the distinctions and commonalities between migrants, refugees, asylees, and trafficked persons. And as members of a 4-credit community-based research class, students conducted field research and created advocacy opportunities on behalf of migrants in the metropolitan D.C. area. In this way, class participants learned from the communities around them while contributing in ways that the communities identify. This course (ANTH 351) was taught by Denise Brennan as a Doyle Seminar (small upper-level classes that foster deepened student learning about diversity and difference through research and dialogue).

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Denise Brennan

Department of Anthropology