Thu, Apr 14

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Zoom link provided upon registration

GW! Reading Group [Online]

Our online reading group meets regularly to discuss various books on the topic of immigration

GW! Reading Group [Online]

Time & Location

Apr 14, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Zoom link provided upon registration

About the event

The current reading group has already started and formal registration is closed, but if you're interested in joining, please reach out to us directly at getwokecatskills@gmail.com.

About The Next Great Migration

The news today is full of stories of dislocated people on the move. Wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands, creeping, swimming, and flying in a mass exodus from their past habitats. News media presents this scrambling of the planet’s migration as unprecedented, provoking fears of the spread of disease and conflict, inciting waves of anxiety across the planet. On both sides of the Atlantic, experts issue alarmed predictions of millions of invading aliens, unstoppable as an advancing tsunami, and anti-immigration leaders slam closed borders that were historically porous. But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. New genetic techniques have revealed how deep into the past our story of migration runs. New navigational technologies have uncovered the scale and complexity of both human and wild movements around the globe. Far from being a disruptive behavior to be quelled at any cost, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as natural as breathing. While the next great migration may not proceed fast enough to keep pace with our shifting climate, a growing body of evidence suggests that it may be our best shot at preserving biodiversity and resilient human societies.

Migration, in other words, is not the crisis. It’s the solution. Flawlessly tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through today’s anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future where immigration is not a source of fear, but of hope.

Published in the US by Bloomsbury USA; in the UK by Bloomsbury UK; in India by Bloomsbury India; in Turkey by Can Yayinlari; in Korea by Medici Media; in China by China Worker Publishing.

About The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America

From Trump's proposed border wall and travel ban to the marching of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, America is consumed by tensions over immigration and the question of which bodies are welcome. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as "lively and vital," editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be here is under attack. Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria. Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in 90s fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in.

Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir.

Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage. These writers, and the many others in this singular collection, share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, troubling and uplifting, the essays in The Good Immigrant come together to create a provocative, conversation-sparking, multivocal portrait of America now.

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