Future Programs

There is No Future Here: Refugee Education and Forced Migration in Northern Ethiopia

Reception: 5:30pm | Dinner: 6:15pm | Program: 7:15pm

December 6, 2022 at Illini Country Club

Speaker: Dr. Amanda Poole, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The global refugee crisis continues to deepen as a record number of people in 2022 face forced displacement and statelessness. In many countries, more than 50% of displaced people needing protection are children. Education has become a central concern in protracted humanitarian situations, where many children lack access to schooling. Why then do seats in classrooms newly built for refugee students remain empty, while refugee camps are filled with school-aged youth?  To understand this, we need to look beyond issues of access and availability of school resources, to explore the critical question of what education means to refugees themselves. This presentation will discuss findings from a long-term ethnographic study of education among Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, one of the largest refugee hosting states in Africa. Anthropology sheds light on the dilemmas of refugee education, the mismatch between global migration policies and the realities and aspirations of refugee youth, and the possibilities of designing policies and programs that might enable refugees to work towards desired futures.  

Amanda Poole is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she teaches classes on applied, environmental, and cultural anthropology. She has conducted research over the past two decades in Eritrea and Ethiopia on rural development, forced migration, and refugee policy. Her most recent research explores how new strategies of global migration management are experienced by Eritrean refugees living in Ethiopia, and why these policies often fail in their attempts to keep refugees from remaining in hosting states in the global south. She is the co-author of Hosting States and Restless Guests: Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia, forthcoming by Indiana University Press. 

Dinner Reservations

Dinner and cocktails will be served beforehand at 5:30 pm and reservations are required. Cost for dinner
is $40 per person. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for the presentation.

Dinner reservations must be prepaid and received on or before Thursday, December 1st.  There is no guarantee of seating beyond that date. Text our Registrar, Lynn McMenamin, at 217-502-6956, to determine whether seating is available after that date. Please make your reservation early!

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