Fall 2019 Events

Event locations will vary this fall. Please pay attention to the description listed for each event. All events run from 7:00 - 8:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Refugees and Global Migration

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

October 03, 2019

This event is located at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees located at 201 Bleecker St, Utica, NY. 


Dr. John Bartle, Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, will speak on the topic of Refugees and Global Migration on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and questions are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.


Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Bartle’s recent work includes The Refugee Project, a collaborative effort of Hamilton faculty and students to document the lives of refugee communities in Central New York. Project members have interviewed more than 30 refugees, completed two short films and are building an interactive archive. Bartle has written extensively on F.M. Dostoevsky, including articles in Russian Language Journal, Canadian Slavic Studies and Romantic Russia. He also has published translations of Dostoevsky's journalistic works. As a longtime associate editor for reviews for the Slavic and East European Journal, Bartle has solicited, secured, edited and published more than 2,000 book reviews.

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