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Currents of Change: Migration, Transit, and Outcomes in the Mediterranean

A Discussion with Darrin Zammit Lupi, Niels Frenzen, and Holly Ackerman
November 1st, 2017
12:00 PM


FSP | Currents of Change: Migration, Transit, and Outcomes in the MediterraneanWednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room
Rubenstein Library, Room 153
Duke's West Campus Quad

A light lunch will be served.

Join the Human Rights Archive and FSP for a dialogue and critical examination of the history of recent immigration in the Mediterranean and its impact on individual, local, and global migration politics, policy, and culture. Our key guest will be Malta-based Darrin Zammit Lupi, an internationally respected and award-winning photojournalist and humanitarian who has been participating in and documenting sea migration in the Mediterranean region for over ten years. Zammit Lupi will be joined by Niels Frenzen, Faculty at USC Gould School of Law and an advocate since the 1980s both for migrants crossing the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and Holly Ackerman, Duke Librarian and scholar on sea migration.

Cosponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Kenan Refugee Project.


Related Event:

Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare
Film Screening / Discussion / Photo Exhibit

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
Bay 4, Smith Warehouse (Garage)

The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women, and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rose masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

The screening will be accompanied by an exhibit of works by photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi, who will participate in a post-screening discussion.

Cosponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Photo credit above: © Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS.

Darrin Zammit Lupi

Darrin Zammit Lupi is an award-winning photojournalist and humanitarian based in Malta. As a freelancer for Reuters and others, he has covered Albania, war-torn former Yugoslavia, the South-East Asia tsunami tragedy, the refugee crisis during the war in Kosovo, issues related to the Millennium Development Goals (with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS) in various parts of Africa, the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, the war in Libya, the Costa Concordia disaster, and other national and international assignments. His work has featured in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, and elsewhere. He is the receipient of numerous awards and author of the book Isle Landers, which documents irregular immigration and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean.

Photo credit: © Amanda Hsu.

Niels W. Frenzen

University of Southern California

Niels Frenzen specializes in immigration and refugee law and is director of the USC Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic, which provides legal representation, pursuant to student practice rules, to transgender, gay, and bisexual immigrants seeking asylum or protection under the Convention Against Torture. Clinic students represent clients in other types of cases as well, including Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) immigrant visa petitions, crime victim visas (U visa status petitions), general deportation defense, and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Frenzen has represented many asylum seekers and other immigrants and has litigated both federal court cases challenging the mistreatment of noncitizens and immigration court national security cases involving classified evidence.

Photo credit: © University of Southern California/Daily Trojan.

Holly Ackerman

Duke University

Holly Ackerman is the Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies in the Duke Libraries’ Department of International and Area Studies. She is an active participant in the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) and the Latin American Studies Association. She is the author of The Cuban Balseros: Voyage of Uncertainty, which established the foundational demography and history of the 1994 Cuban raft crisis. She has also published on topics related to the Cuban diaspora and Caribbean migration. Her work has appeared in Cuban Studies, Encuentro de la cultura cubana, and Latino Studies, and she is a contributing editor and author in the award-winning collection of essays Cuba: People, Culture, History.