Listen: 'Seeking Refuge'

The keynote lectures of the symposium "Seeking Refuge: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Refugees and Asylum" (27-28 September 2018) are now available to listen online.

In the spirit of FDR's fourth Freedom, the "Freedom from Fear," the RIAS hosted a public symposium “Seeking Refuge: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Refugees and Asylum" on 27-28 September.

The symposium brought together a multidisciplinary group of scholars from the fields as diverse as anthropology, law, and history. For two days attendees were introduced to various cases of refuge, both past and present, from cities of sanctuary in the antebellum American South, to a nineteenth-century Finland ravaged by famine, to present-day cities like Utrecht where residents and civil servants have taken it upon themselves to offer undocumented migrants a bed, bath, and bread (“bed, bad, brood”).

The symposium featured keynote addresses by Udo Janz (UNHCR) and by Peter Rose (Smith College). It was followed by an accompanying Roosevelt lecture by Hedy Rose, who spoke on her experiences as a refugee in Amsterdam during the Second World War. 

All three lectures are now available to listen online at TXTRadio