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Migration: The Art and Science of Passage

Various Locations


Spring 2018 (schedule coming soon!)

Migration likely brings to mind the familiar sight of geese flying overhead in their iconic V formation. What profound challenges do they face on this journey? Migration may also recall images of the over 12 million people arriving at the shores of Ellis Island made famous by photographers like August Sherman. What did they leave behind? What remains? For others, migration is happening constantly at the cellular level of every living thing—from the moment of its origin to well after its death.

Carnegie Nexus, in its second event series, will seek a deep exploration of what migration means here and now and what it has meant for all time: a story of departure, of passage and of arrival. Today, as active citizens in debates on global change, we are actors in the environmental, economic and political factors that are a stimulus for (or obstacle to) the migration of living things—from plants and animals, to people and microbes; and this exerts deep and durable impacts on society and cultural heritage. The collections of a museum are a witness to these migrations. What’s more, they remind us that it’s not just matter that moves, living or otherwise, it’s ideas.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

As part of Migration, Carnegie Nexus and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures are proud to host award-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, on April 9, 2018.

Bold, elegant, and fiercely honest, Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. His book of stories, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

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