2017 Global Migration Discussion Group


The five area studies centers of the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University will host five teacher training workshops on the topic of global migration. Each Center will host an expert on migration in a regional context, including content on migration in Latin America, the Middle East, East Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Over the course of five Saturdays, teachers will meet, listen to a presentation about migration in the region, and engage in a discussion that will be based on the lecture and a reading distributed prior to the talk. 

Teachers are invited to attend as many sessions as they like. If a teacher completes all five sessions, they will earn one CEU. Contact hours certificates will be awarded at the end of each session.  

The goal of this discussion group is to inform teachers about human mobility around the world, offering them information that they can use in their classrooms to help students better understand why people flee home and what happens to them along the migration route. 


Saturday, September 30: Resilience in the Face of Exclusion: Afghan Refugees on the Borderlands of the European Union

Lecture by Kathryn Metz, Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Saturday, October 21: Gendered Narratives of Syrian Migrants

Lecture by Dr. Isis Nusair (Denison University), Middle East Studies Center

Saturday, January 13: Italy and the Horn of Africa: Colonial History, Mediterranean Migration, and Diaspora

Lecture by Eleanor Paynter, Center for African Studies

Saturday, February 17:  Performances of Suffering in Latin American Migration

Lecture by Dr. Victor Espinosa and Dr. Ana Puga, Center for Latin American Studies

Saturday April 7 or April 14: topic: TBD, East Asian Studies Center