The multi-month Princeton Migrations Project’s first live public event is set for Thursday, February 1. That’s when Pulitzer Prize-winning American Journalist and “Enrique’s Journey” author Sonia Nazario speaks on the dangers Latin American children face as the journey through Mexico to reunite with parents who immigrated to the United States.
The free event will be held at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton at 7 p.m. and is supported by the Princeton Public Library, Hun School, and Nassau Presbyterian Church.
The topic, venue, and support reflect the ambitious project involving more than 30 area nonprofit organizations and Princeton University.
Princeton University Art Museum director James Steward initiated the idea and says in a statement, “Immigration and its real-world consequences are so much in our minds that we wanted to open a conversation that includes the migrations of animals and even of ideas, and in doing so to increase the resonance across ideas and organizations.”
In addition to Nazario’s talk, two project-related exhibitions are on view.
At the Princeton University Art Museum “Migration and Material Alchemy” features work by 12 contemporary artists “who address issues such as cultural continuity, the AIDS crisis, environmental degradation and population displacement.” It is on view through July 29.
The Hun School’s “Crossing Borders” uses Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Yannis Behrakis’ photo coverage of the migrant crisis in Greece as well as Hun School student and faculty-taken images at the U.S. and Mexican border to examine migration. It remains on view through April 30.
And on February 7 the Historical Society of Princeton’s “Rex Goreleigh: Migrant Worker’s Witness” exhibition goes on view. Organizers say the late Princeton-based artist, instructor, and arts organizer’s series “brought to light the difficult conditions faced by African American migrant laborers on the farms of central New Jersey in the 1950s through the 1970s.” It will be on view through June 24.
Additional live events include the Monday, February 5, opening of a five-part series of “Migration and Human Values” free lectures led by researchers in the humanities and social sciences at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
On Monday, February 12, there is a free Argentinean bandoneon and guitar tango performance by Matilde Vitullo and Pino Enriquez in the Chancellor Green Rotunda, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Princeton University-based Rhizome Theater Company performs “Nice Town, Normal People” from February 17 through 23. Featuring live original music, the script is based on interviews with nearly 100 people who talked about the theme of “home.”
A February 20 staged reading of playwright Naomi Iizuka’s “(Anon)ymous” will be presented at the Arts Council of Princeton. Inspired by the “Odyssey” the story involves the young refugee Anon as he journeys through the United States in search for his family. The free event will start at 7 p.m.
And on Friday, February 23, “Jazz Migrations” will focus on a conversation on musical style and innovation. Participants include Panamanian pianist Danilo Perezm, bassist and University of Pennsylvania professor Jairo Moreno, and Princeton University professor Gabriela Nouzeilles. The free event will be held in the Lee Rehearsal Room in the Lewis Art Complex from 2 to 4 p.m.
Additional Princeton Migrations Project events continue through May 17 and feature programs developed in cooperation with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, McCarter Theater, Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, Womanspace, Princeton Garden Theater, Centurion Ministries, and more.