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UK 'Passport to the World' Program to Explore Migration

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Now in its eighth year, the "Passport to the World" initiative examines different areas across the globe, as well as interdisciplinary topics. This year's program will explore how migration has shaped (and continues to shape) our world.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2018) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences is entering the eighth year of its Passport to the World initiative, a yearlong exploration of the culture and history of different areas of the world and interdisciplinary topics. This year’s program explores the role migration has played and continues to play in shaping societies across the globe, and here at home.  

“Migration has played a crucial role in human history, and in shaping contemporary societies, and we want to emphasize and critically examine interconnections among world areas and people across the globe, as well as how migration is central to our societies,” said Cristina Alcalde, associate dean of inclusion and internationalization in the college, and one of the co-organizers of the Year of Migration.     

Programming for the Year of Migration will explore the multifaceted topic of migration from a diverse range of disciplines using different approaches such as talks, panels, workshops and a semester-long course. The yearlong exploration will kick off at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the atrium of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building with free food, T-shirts and giveaways.

Many events are planned this fall including an academic panel on “Immigration Today,” a migration storytelling event featuring undergraduate students, an activism workshop, an event featuring a chef and food critic, and a performance by a jazz musician, among many additional events.

“Several of these are collaborations across disciplines, departments and colleges. Our advisory board, made up of colleagues across the college, will help us design a varied and exciting year of programming,” Alcalde said.

Visit for a full list of events and to learn more about the Year of Migration.